Cristiano Ronaldo was officially introduced as Al-Nassr’s new player on Tuesday. The Portuguese champion has signed an incredible contract of 500 million euros in two and a half years. During the presentation, CR7 stated that he was ready for this new challenge and that he wanted to win trophies and records. However, there was also room for a sensational blunder that immediately went viral on the Internet.
Promises and great faith at the same time: “It is a challenge for me, for the future, for the women and young people of this part of the world. I will try to change the mentality of future generations”, said CR7, adding that “in Europe my work is finished. I broke many records in Europe, now I want to do it here too. For me it is a normal thing. I didn’t come here to finish my career. I don’t care what people think.” Words that ignited the environment, before the sensational blunder.
Speaking about the “new football” in which he will compete, compared to the European one, Ronaldo made a mistake so big that it could not go unnoticed: “Football is different, the way football evolves is otherwise”, he explained convincingly. Then the gaffe: “Coming here to South Africa does not represent the end of my career for me. I wanted to change and I’m happy with the choice I made. People have shown that they love me and the reception has been spectacular”.
A minor distraction, that of confusing Saudi Arabia with South Africa, but geographically huge. And that obviously did not escape the ever-watchful eyes of the Internet, quickly becoming viral. A slip of the tongue that, however, did not spoil what was one of the most iconic moments in the Arab world.
Cristiano Ronaldo accidentally said he was playing in South Africa 😅pic.twitter.com/2wjlh5giQ5
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