Hinting Sackings at Al Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ex-Teammate Opens Up on ‘Unhappy’ Exit From Saudi Arabia

Published 01/24/2024, 6:20 AM EST

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The Saudi Pro League became the epicenter of soccer headlines last summer. The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Neymar joined the extravaganza, transforming the league into a spectacle. Al-Nassr, basking in CR7’s glow, saw a significant increase in numbers as well. Yet, behind the growth of the league, a tale of disappointment and unexpected exits was taking shape. In the shadow of the 5x-Ballon d’Or winner, ex-Al Nassr star, Jaloliddin Masharipov, unveiled the story behind his ‘unhappy’ departure.

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Lost in the fanfare surrounding Ronaldo’s arrival was the story of another player, whose time at the club was not what he expected. Let’s delve deeper and uncover Masharipov’s reflection on his Al-Nassr departure.

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Jaloliddin Masharipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek forward, who shared the pitch with Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr, has lifted the veil on his mysterious departure. In the wake of CR7’s grand entrance, Masharipov found himself at the periphery, eventually leading to a seemingly forced exit. The Uzbek star disclosed that his exit wasn’t announced to the media immediately. “When I left Al-Nassr, I did not announce anything to the media. Because, if I talked about what happened to me, some people would have lost their jobs at the club,” Masharipov claimed.

As the 2023-2024 season kicked off, it marked a new beginning for Saudi Pro League and Al-Nassr. But, for Masharipov, it was an end of a chapter, marked by dissatisfaction. The Uzbek star cited his last few months at the club as particularly challenging, leading to an ‘unhappy’ exit. “The last six months in Al-Nassr, I was not happy,” Masharipov revealed.

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Despite completing the 2022-23 season with the team, he found himself on the sidelines during the 2023-24 campaign. He was used scarcely last season as he only made 16 appearances for Al-Nassr, mostly from the bench. Masharipov made a total of 45 appearances for the Knights of Najd and scored 4 goals in his time.

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The Uzbek international’s decision to part ways with Al-Nassr led him to the Greek Super League, where he plies his trade with Panserraikos FC currently. It seems like it wasn’t just the change of scenery for the former Al-Nassr star, but an escape from the unhappy mindset. This story, though seemingly individual, sheds light on the potential complexities surrounding the arrival of superstars. While their presence elevates the league and attracts global attention, their impact on the existing team dynamics cannot be ignored.

It’ll be interesting to see what lies ahead for Cristiano Ronaldo and Al-Nassr in the future. As the transfer market is still on, it’ll be no surprise if such stories come forward again. Al Nassr will return to action in the Riyadh Season Cup when they face Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami on February 1st. All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo once again, who looks strong ahead of his return.

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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