One problem after another for Cristiano Ronaldo, just presented by Al-Nassr. He chose to live with Georgina (which seemed to blow up his transfer) and ‘took’ Juninho’s warning (about his new coach Rudi Garcia).
According to sources from Saudi Arabia, the Portuguese star has not yet been registered by the Riyadh club, so he will not be able to play in the championship match against Al Ta-ee (the two-match suspension imposed by the FA) Football also hinders CR7).
The explanation for the registration that has not yet taken place, given by a source in Riyadh, who requested anonymity, is that the Portuguese’s new club has exceeded the number of foreigners eligible for the federation. In the Saudi league, each team can have up to eight foreigners, but with the arrival of Ronaldo, Rudi Garcia’s Al Nassr has nine in the squad.
Therefore, before the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is able to play, the Saudi club must sell a foreign player. Given that Colombian goalkeeper Ospina, Brazilians Luiz Gustavo and Talisca and Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar are considered non-transferable, Al Nassr’s choice will be one of the other four.
The main suspect, according to a club source, is the Uzbek midfielder, Jalaluddin Masharipov, who, curiously enough, is also the one who has so far worn the yellow and blue shirt with number 7, which will now pass on Ronaldo’s shoulders.
“There are ongoing negotiations for the sale of one of our foreigners,” said Al-Nassr’s source, “but they are not yet at the final stage.” Regarding Ronaldo, Al-Nassr will have another problem to solve. That’s the Portuguese player’s two-match ban from the FA for the moment CR7 slapped an autistic fan’s mobile phone as he left the pitch after Manchester United’s defeat to Everton.
The FA then specified, after Ronaldo’s farewell from the ‘Red Devils’, that the measure was globally valid and therefore had to be applied in the championship where CR7 had gone to play. This also applies to the Saudi championship.