Cristiano Ronaldo (37-Portugal), who joined Saudi Arabian professional soccer club Al Nasr last winter, is eager to return to Europe after five months with the club, Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo reported on March 23 (KST).
A number of European media outlets later quoted the Mundo Deportivo report, with one commenting that ‘Ronaldo has already decided to 메이저놀이터 leave Saudi Arabia and has asked his agent for help’.
“Ronaldo’s clear goal is to return to Europe, but Al Nasr has said he will be sanctioned if he leaves before his contract expires,” according to Football 365. Ronaldo signed a two-year contract with Al Nasr in January. It was an ultra-lucrative deal worth €200 million a year.
However, according to Mundo Deportivo, “Ronaldo recognized that the reality and infrastructure of the Saudi club was very far from modern football,” and emphasized that he was eager to return to Europe as soon as possible this summer. However, under actual FIFA rules, either the club or the player can unilaterally terminate the contract without cause, which can result in fines and other disciplinary action. Al Nasr’s position is that it will not pursue a hefty penalty against Ronaldo for the remainder of his contract.
Since joining Al Nasr, Ronaldo has been solid in the league with 13 goals in 14 games. However, he has come under fire from local fans as Al Nasr have failed to reach the Super Cup final and have struggled to win the regular season title. In a match against Al Hilal last month, he was warned for putting a player in a headlock and was also accused of obscene behavior towards an opposing fan. His lack of control over his anger led to a petition to have him deported from the country.
In the meantime, the actions of “German millionaire” Markus Schenn, who supports Ronaldo, have also become a topic of interest. According to Munich’s Allgemeine Zeitung, Shen recently sent an email to Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn, indicating that he would be willing to partner with the club to help finance a Ronaldo transfer.
The Bavarians are looking to bolster their attacking lineup this summer, and in order to land a big-money player like Ronaldo, they’ll need to clear out their existing mainstays. Shen has indicated that he will cooperate in keeping Ronaldo with as little internal bleeding as possible.
Locals are wondering if a Ronaldo desperate to “escape Saudi Arabia” and a Bayern Munich with “Shen’s big hands” on their backs will be a real kite.