Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Sorry’ About Ex-Barcelona Star’s Exit From Al Nassr

Published 01/20/2024, 7:53 AM EST

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Cristiano Ronaldo has exclusively been the face of the Saudi Pro League. But the star is now taking on deeper responsibilities that stand outside of professional obligation. Ronaldo was recently seen supporting the SPL for being highly competitive. Recently, the star went a step further and displayed a gesture of empathy by apologizing to a former club colleague and ex-Barcelona player for no mistake of his.

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Al Nassr FC, along with the Saudi League, is growing rapidly. And with the increasing growth, the officials and players need to put in extra effort. However, this overburden led to the exit of a former Blaugrana player, which gained the attention of the Portuguese captain.

A heartfelt ‘sorry’ by Cristiano Ronaldo to a former Al Nassr official

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After a tough yet successful year in the market, Al Nassr’s former Sporting Director, Goran Vucevic, bid adieu to the club. But despite an unexpected split, Vucevic will leave on a very good note with Cristiano Ronaldo. Appreciating the Al Nassr captain’s support and kind gesture, the 52-year-old said, “Cristiano Ronaldo gave me great support and was very sorry about my departure from Al Nassr, but he also told me that he would do the same.”

 

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Complaining of additional responsibilities, the former Croatian international left on Christmas Day after a two-plus-year stint. Meanwhile, the Saudi Pro League and Al Nassr’s revolution can be credited to Cristiano Ronaldo; however, Vucevic’s role in recent acquisitions will be a memorable contribution to the club.

Vucevic joined the team in yellow in October 2021, and his contract would have expired on December 31st. The former Barcelona midfielder was handed the role of technical coordinator, apart from being the scout. However, the responsibility was a little extra for him to remain in Riyadh. Surprisingly, Vusevic claimed that even Cristiano Ronaldo said that he’d do a similar thing in such a situation.

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Ronaldo’s contribution hailed by Vucevic

Goran Vucevic was previously a scout for the 38-year-old’s former archrivals, FC Barcelona. But that did not stop the former director from lauding Cristiano Ronaldo as the father of the Saudi League. Vucevic said that Ronaldo had paved the way for other players to join the money-rich league.

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Saudi Arabia spent almost $1 billion on the last window, gaining stars like Neymar, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Riyadh Mahrez, etc. Apart from fame, the player also brought his performances, scoring a whopping 54 goals in 2023. The player also won the Fans’ Favorite Player, the Best Middle East Player, and the Maradona Award in the recent Globe Soccer Awards.

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