Rudi Garcia: Al Nassr Boss Drops Major Hint on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Future Amid Difficult Start in Saudi
- Cristiano Ronaldo is set to return to Europe amid his false start to life in the Middle East
- The former Real Madrid ace had earlier suggested his time in Europe was over but is set to make a U-turn
- Ronaldo enjoyed an illustrious career in Europe, winning the UEFA Champions League five times and many league crowns
Cristiano Ronaldo is bound to return to Europe to round up his career, Al-Nassr manager Rudi Garcia has revealed.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner and Real Madrid's all-time record goal scorer had an inch-perfect career in Europe, causing records to seamlessly tumble before him.
He scored an eyewatering 701 goals in 949 club appearances amid titles in England, Spain and Italy.
On his arrival at Al-Nassr, the 37-year-old stated emphatically his time in Europe is done, hence his sojourn in Saudi Arabia, per Indian Express.
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However, Rudi Garcia, Ronaldo's coach at Al-Nassr, has sensationally debunked the ex-Manchester United talisman's claims.
The 58-year-old who has already faulted Ronaldo for his side's exit in the Saudi Super Cup believes the Portugal captain will not retire at Al-Nassr.
"Cristiano Ronaldo will not retire with Al-Nassr," Garcia said as quoted by Football Tweet.
"He will return to Europe at the end of his career to retire."
How is Ronaldo fairing in Saudi?
The Manchester United and Real Madrid legend has struggled to hit the ground running since completing a sensational move to Al-Nassr on the back of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
In two games for his new side, Ronaldo has failed to get his name on the scoresheet, which highlights his false start to life in the Middle East.
Ronaldo backed to excel in Saudi
Meanwhile, former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has eulogized Cristiano Ronaldo, backing the Portuguese superstar to excel in Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo has had a disappointing start to life in the gulf state following his blockbuster move to the Middle East, blanking in his opening two competitive games for Al-Nassr.
However, ex-Watford and United striker Odion Ighalo believes Ronaldo will come good in his new adventure.
Al-Nassr boss wants Ronaldo improvement
Rudi Garcia, head coach of Al-Nassr, has identified three areas his team needs to improve on in order to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Garcia's charges suffered elimination from the Saudi Super Cup after falling to a 3-1 defeat, by extension their first loss since September 2022.
The 58-year-old manager has already criticized him following their exit from the Saudi Super Cup.