Cristiano Ronaldo’s Images Beamed on World’s Tallest Building Ahead of Al Nassr Debut

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Images Beamed on World’s Tallest Building Ahead of Al Nassr Debut

Fred Kennedy
  • Veteran Cristiano Ronaldo was accorded a hero's welcome during his unveiling at Al-Nassr
  • The fanfare from his move is yet to fade, with the star's image projected on the Burj Khalifa
  • The 37-year-old forward is yet to make his debut as he is still serving his two-match FA ban

The fanfare surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Saudi Arabia is very much alive.

The former Manchester United striker sealed a sensational transfer switch to Al-Nassr at the end of December.

His move to Asia came just weeks after his lucrative contract with the Red Devils was terminated prematurely.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Mrsool Park Stadium, Riyadh, Al-Nassr, Burj Khalifa.
Cristiano Ronaldo greets the crowd as an Al-Nassr player at the Mrsool Park Stadium in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on January 3, 2023. Photo by Fayez Nureldine.
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Ronaldo's arrival at Al-Nassr was greeted with pomp and colour, as the Saudi giants accorded him a hero's welcome.

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According to Marca, the veteran forward's presentation ceremony at his new club reached three-billion views on 40 channels around the world.

And it appears that the excitement surrounding the transfer is yet to fade in Asia, with the striker having his images beamed onto the world's tallest building - the Burj Khalifa.

"CR7 - Welcome To Arabia," a message on the projection read.

When will Ronaldo make his debut?

Despite completing his Al-Nassr move early in January, Ronaldo has been forced to wait a little longer before making his debut for the club.

The Sun reports that the 37-year-old has been serving a two-match ban, after he slapped a phone out of a 14-year-old's hands last April while still playing for Man United.

The ban saw him miss his new side's clash against Al-Ta'ee, which they won 2-0.

Ronaldo is also expected to remain unavailable when Al-Nassr takes on Al-Shabab on Saturday.

That means the earliest the forward can make his bow in Asia is on January 19, when a combined Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal XI will play Lionel Messi's Paris Saint-Germain.

Al-Nassr clarifies Ronaldo's contract

Sports Brief earlier reported that Al-Nassr have clarified the details of their contract with Ronaldo, denying claims his deal involves helping with Saudi Arabia's 2030 World Cup bid.

The Portuguese star signed a lucrative deal with the Riyadh-based side after a tumultuous end to his Man United career, and many rumours have been circulating about his huge contract.

It was first alleged that there was a clause allow the veteran striker to return to the Premier League, if Newcastle qualified for the UEFA Champions League.