Ronaldo Confuses Saudi Arabia for South Africa at Al Nassr Unveiling

Ronaldo Confuses Saudi Arabia for South Africa at Al Nassr Unveiling

Fred Kennedy
  • Cristiano Ronaldo made an embarrassing blunder during his Al-Nassr unveiling in Riyadh
  • The 37-year-old striker was presented to thousands of fans at the club ground Mrsool Park
  • Ronaldo joined the Saudi club at the end of December 2022 to end speculation on his career

Cristiano Ronaldo made an embarrassing blunder during his unveiling at Al-Nassr, after he confused Saudi Arabia for South Africa.

The veteran forward was officially presented before thousands of the club's fans at the home ground of Mrsool Park on Tuesday evening, January 3.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Nassr, Mrsool Park Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Cristiano Ronaldo applauds the fans as he is unveiled as an Al-Nassr player at the Mrsool Park Stadium. Photo by Khalid Alhaj.
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The unveiling came just days after the Saudi club announced they had reached a deal, signing the former Manchester United attacker on a free transfer.

Al-Nassr landed the services of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner weeks after his contract at Old Trafford was terminated prematurely.

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Ronaldo drops country clanger

However, The Sun reports the 37-year-old was involved in an embarrassing gaffe after he mistook Saudi Arabia for South Africa.

The former Real Madrid star was responding to concerns that emerged from his decision to move to the Saudi Arabian top-flight league, which is considered less competitive.

"For me, it is not the end of my career coming to South Africa," Ronaldo was filmed saying in a now-viral video.
"This is why I want to change and to be honest, I really don't worry about what people say," he added.

It remains to be seen when Ronaldo will make his debut for his new club, with the side scheduled to take on Al-Tai FC on Thursday, January 5.

Ronaldo receives hearty Al-Nassr reception

Sports Brief also earlier reported on the grand reception Ronaldo received after being unveiled by his new club, Al-Nassr.

The former Manchester United superstar was introduced as ‘the world’s greatest footballer’ in front of 25,000 raucous supporters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

As the 37-year-old made his way onto the field, jubilant fans at the stadium chanted his name as flares and fireworks were lit, and lighting flashed to welcome their new star.