Rudi Garcia Highlights His Aim for Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr

Rudi Garcia Highlights His Aim for Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr

Byron Pillay
  • Cristiano Ronaldo first had a falling out with Erik ten Hag at Manchester United before having troubles with Portugal's coach
  • Al Nassr manager Rudi Garcia wants Ronaldo to find his love for football once again at the Saudi Arabian side
  • Ronaldo could make his long-awaited debut for Al Nassr and face Lionel Messi when Paris Saint-Germain visit the area

Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't had the easiest of relationships with his last two managers, but Rudi Garcia is hoping to change that for him.

The Al Nassr boss highlighted what he wanted from the Portuguese forward after his big money move to Saudi Arabia.

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Rudi Garcia has explained that he just wants Cristiano Ronaldo to smile and enjoy his football again. Image: Yasser Bakhsh/ Mohammed Saad
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Garcia said that he just wants Ronaldo to enjoy his football again after a difficult few months.

The Portuguese star first endured a difficult relationship with Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, before eventually leaving the club.

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He was then dropped for Portugal's two knockout ties at the World Cup, EuroSport reported, which many put down to a falling out between him and then-national team manager, Fernando Santos.

Garcia is hoping to put all of that behind Ronaldo and get him focusing on the love of the game once again, Daily Mail reported.

"The only thing I want is for him to enjoy playing football again and smile," he said.
"In recent months, between United, the national team and private life, he has not had an easy time. If he regains the pleasure of playing, our objective will be fulfilled," he added.

Ronaldo's expected debut

The former Manchester United star has yet to make his debut for his new side, owned to a worldwide two-game ban for smashing an Everton fan's phone.

He could feature in a friendly before making his official debut for the team.

Al Nassr and Al Hilal's players will join forces to take on French giants, Paris Saint-Germain, in a friendly on January 19, Sky Sports reported. The game could see Ronaldo face off against his longtime rival, Lionel Messi.

Who Ronaldo wants at Al-Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly asked his new club Al-Nassr to sign former Real Madrid defender Pepe.

Ronaldo completed a stunning transfer to the Saudi Arabian club at the end of December 2022, ending weeks of speculation that surrounded his future.

Sports Brief the move saw the 37-year-old become one of the world's richest sportsmen, with his deal with the Asian club said to be worth a cool £173million-per-year.