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Ya Habibi: Does Cristiano Ronaldo deserve to end his career like this? | Israel today


The huge salary, the new stadium and the goals that will come in bunches probably won't forget the noise • The Portuguese signed with Al-Nasser of the Saudi West and cast a huge shadow on his last years on the grass • After the World Cup, the Arab world sponsors the expansion of the world football map

The pay is tremendous, truly exceptional.

200 million euros per year until 2025, which is roughly NIS 800 per minute.

It's hard to say no to that.

The stadium is also not bad at all.

Although relatively small and containing 25,000 seats, it is only seven years old, modern, compact and noisy.

And there is an excellent crowd to fill it.

This is one of the four biggest teams in Saudi Arabia, the coach Rudy Garcia is a Frenchman who led Lille to a historic double, the squad includes the player of the year in South America in 2018 Petey Martins, Vincent Abubakar who just led Cameroon to victory over Brazil in the World Cup, and also Anderson Talisca and Luis Gustavo In the Salsa uniform.

The enthusiasm is tremendous: "We are making history", announced the purchasing club, and despite all this the world has a hard time digesting it.

At the age of 37, Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to take his talent to Al-Nasser from second place in the Saudi league, and everyone has something to say.

Ronaldo is featured in El Nasser.

The last challenge?, Photo: Reuters

Honestly, it's hard not to.

Until recently, the feeling was that this was not the path that the Portuguese wanted to follow in his last straight.

In various interviews, Ronaldo hinted that he does not want to end his career in the periphery of world football and that he wants to stay in Europe and test his abilities.

That's not what happened.

Now his schedule consists of matches against Al-Khalij, Al-Ta'i and Al-Shabaab. It's hard to believe that this is how he imagined the end of his career would look like, so everyone is trying to analyze the reasons that led him there.

"Determined to experience something new"

In the Brazilian media, for example, they used the sign $$$ - which openly alluded to the financial matter.

Elsewhere it has been claimed that his bad behavior in recent times - especially the interview with Piers Morgan - has led to no European team wanting his services.

A lot of cynicism, a lot of sarcasm, very little paragon.

And there is also another option.

Broader: "I am determined to experience football in a new league and in a new country," Ronaldo said, and the choice of country is an intriguing matter.

As the World Cup in Qatar made clear, the football map is expanding.

Arab countries are becoming a significant force, and Saudi Arabia also wants a piece of the pie.

The shirts with the number 7 are already ready, photo: Reuters

With a developed football culture far greater than Qatar's, the Asian country aims to break through barriers and do so through the most popular game of all.

In its plan: hosting the 2030 World Cup, an achievement that will give it unparalleled publicity and make it a tourist destination.

Its schedule includes hosting a lot of tournaments and championships in the coming years, but the World Cup is another story. To reach it, you have to lift the glove, and Ronaldo is a statement piece.

"He will inspire the league, the country and the generations to come," said Al-Nasser's message, which, according to reports, has already begun tracking Sergio Ramos.

For them, Ronaldo broke the ice, and now it will be much easier to flood the league with huge stars.

Only days will tell if this transfer changed the map of world football, but it is already clear that it shook the ground.

It was an unexpected, controversial transfer, and especially one that makes you think and react.

Ronaldo against Morocco in the World Cup.

His last game, photo: Getty Images

"It's sad that he will end his great career in such a marginal league," Gary Neville responded to the news of the move, and he may be right.

Ronaldo is going to spend his last years against opponents who didn't even dare to dream that a day would come and they would play against him.

It is likely that he will be better than everyone and will score in bunches, but you will always hover over the question of whether this is really what he should have done.

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Source: israelhayom

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