Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was officially unveiled in front of thousands of fans at the Mrsool Park stadium on Tuesday night. The former Real Madrid and Manchester United got a grand welcome at the Saudi Arabian club which broke all records to sign the 37-year-old in a historic two-and-a-half-year deal.
Chants of "Ronaldo...Ronaldo...Ronaldo" reverberated all around the stadium as the footballer stood in the middle along with club president Musalli Al-Muammar. After the unveiling, the striker addressed the media wearing a blazer. And while answering a question, a nervous looking Ronaldo mistook Saudi Arabia for South Africa.
Al Nassr's famed home ground
The King Saudi University Stadium is the home ground for Al Nassr and has a capacity of 25,000. Ronaldo will be wearing the famed No. 7 jersey at the club and compete in the Saudi Pro League.
“I’m so proud to make this big decision in my life. In Europe my work is done. I won everything and played for the most important clubs in Europe. This is a new challenge,” Ronaldo said at a news conference before his unveiling. "I want to give a different vision of the country and the football. In Europe my work is done, I won everything. I played for the most important clubs in Europe. For me now, it's a new challenge. For me it’s not the end of my career coming to Saudi Arabia, and I’m not worried about what people say.”
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