- Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his decision to join Al-Nassr was not born out of desperation
- The five-time Ballon d'Or winner signed a 2-year deal with the Saudi giants, with a clause that would give him an ambassadorial role afterwards
- He was unveiled as a player of Al-Nassr on Tuesday, January 3 after completing his mandatory medical
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he had multiple offers from Europe but opted to make the bold move to the gulf region.
Earlier reports surrounding the future of Ronaldo suggested the Portuguese superstar lacked suitors from Europe owing to his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
However, in his press briefing prior to his unveiling as a new player of Al Nassr, Ronaldo disclosed he was actually spoilt for choice but made the odd yet brave choice to swap Europe for Asia.
"I'm here at Al-Nassr not only because of football. I came to change the mindset of the new generations," Ronaldo said as quoted by EuroFoot.
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"I had other proposals from Europe, Portugal and also from Brazil."
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who inked a mammoth £175 million per year deal with the Saudi side, received a rapturous welcome from Al Nassr fans, per Daily Mail.
He could make his competitive debut for the Knights of Najd when they host Al Taee on Thursday, January 5 at Mrsool Park.
Ronaldo snubs Europe for Al Nassr
Cristiano Ronaldo has boldly declared his “work is done in Europe” in his first remarks as the new player of Al-Nassr.
Ronaldo’s time in Europe came to a crushing end in December after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
On Tuesday, Ronaldo was officially unveiled in a grand ceremony and in his remarks, Ronaldo was adamant he did not care what his critics had to say about the Saudi Arabia move.
Journalists greet Ronaldo with 'SIUUU' chant
Sports Brief earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo was greeted by journalists with his iconic 'SIUUU' during his Al Nassr unveiling on Tuesday.
The Real Madrid legend signed a lucrative £175 million per year with the Saudi Professional League side.
When the audience was told to give the former Manchester United forward a round of applause, someone in the press room decided to shout the Portuguese’s iconic ‘SIUUU’ at the superstar.