Tiktukno: summary of today's events in sports, 12.25 (Sport1)
In the coming week, one of the sensational transfers known to world football may be closed, when Cristiano Ronaldo will officially join Saudi Arabia's Al-Nasser.
According to reports across Europe, CR7 will sign for seven years and should earn no less than 200 million euros per season, in a deal that goes far beyond football.
"Ronaldo will finally return to his favorite position - the center of attention," wrote the "Daily Mail".
"For all of Saudi Arabia, this is a huge grab. As long as he plays, Ronaldo will continue to turn heads towards this league. Every move he makes will shine a spotlight on the desert that has always lived in the shadows of world football. It's no surprise that he's signing for seven years - no one there thinks he will At his peak at the age of 44, but they know that Ronaldo will be able to act in favor of Saudi Arabia, which wants to host the 2030 World Cup."
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Ronaldo (Photo: GettyImages, Chris Brunskill)
Either way, Ronaldo damaged his reputation with his high-profile release from Manchester United, and then with his sacking and expulsion from the World Cup with Portugal.
"He brought it on himself," Fabio Capello attacked.
"It's a great shame. He was arrogant. He offered himself and didn't find any team that believed in him. He became a bit of a burden on teams."
Jamie Carragher also feels sorry for the aging Portuguese star.
"I'm not a huge fan of his, that's quite clear, but it's sad how people talk about him and Lionel Messi in such different ways," said the former English player.
"Now the common knowledge is that Ronaldo only cares about himself and his ego, and Messi is painted as a saint. I don't think that's true. People say that Cristiano is no longer the same player, but who is the same player at the age of 37?"
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