Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is at a career crossroads. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo: Shock new club “joins the race” with €200m package already on the table

Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be watching the 2022 Premier League Boxing Day action on his sofa, will he?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is at a career crossroads. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t had a great couple of weeks. First his Man United contract was terminated, and then his beloved Portugal team got outclassed by an excellent Morocco side.

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is a free agent after Manchester United’s decision to terminate his deal. Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP.

Shock new clubs “enters race” for Cristiano Ronaldo

It was previously reported that CR7 has agreed a mega deal with Al-Nassr, but it would appear that a new wealthy Gulf club is keen on the Portuguese icon. According to Spanish outlet AS, Al-Nassr now has competition from Qatar side Al-Sadd. You’ll recall that Al-Sadd was managed by Spanish legend Xavi before he took the reins at Barcelona.

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CR7 will only ever wear one jersey number and Al-Nassr, understood to be the frontrunners for his signature, have freed that squad number up. Cheeky. Jaloliddin Masharipov, the previous wearer of that jersey for the Saudi side, has switched to number 77. Intriguing stuff.

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Just five days until the return of the Premier League, but will Cristiano Ronaldo, scorer of 103 career goals in England’s top-flight, be watching the Boxing Day action on his sofa?

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