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According to "The Athletic", several Saudi bodies helped Al-Nasser in the deal: "It's part of a bigger strategy, the money will attract the biggest stars"

Cristiano Ronaldo and his family are featured in Al-Nasser (from Al-Nasser's Twitter)

After Cristiano Ronaldo stunned the world of football and signed with Al-Nasser, there were rumors and reports that as part of his historic district, he will help Saudi Arabia in its attempt to win the hosting of the 2030 World Cup.

Tonight (between Tuesday and Wednesday), Al-Nasser made sure to deny these reports with an official statement.

"Al Nasser wants to clarify that, contrary to reports, the contract does not include any clause of hosting the World Cup," they clarified.

"His only focus is to help the club achieve success, together with his teammates."

As you remember, Ronaldo signed for two and a half years for about 200 million euros per season.

After the deal was completed, quite a few journalists across Europe claimed that Ronaldo's contract was longer - reportedly no less than seven years - to help the Saudis host the World Cup.

CR7 is set to make his official debut in Saudi Arabia in about a week and a half.

After that, he is supposed to take part in an exhibition match for Al-Nasser against Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain.


And in the meantime, "Athletic" dealt extensively with the sensational transfer this morning and revealed new details about the transaction.

"Last summer, Ronaldo barely thought about Saudi Arabia. He had a similar offer from El Hilal," it said, among other things.

"The numbers were breathtaking, but Ronaldo did not even stop to think about this offer. Even when he began his departure from Manchester United at the end of November, his camp believed that he would join a top European team in January. But he aroused very little interest. In the summer, the new owner of C "Lesi Todd Buhli met with Jorge Mendes and was fascinated by the idea, but Thomas Tuchel rejected the offer. Mendes called Real Madrid several times and offered Cristiano. Other senior teams also rejected the possibility of adding CR7."

Thus, Ronaldo had no choice but to prefer the big money of Saudi Arabia.

But did al-Nasser finance the deal alone?

Not sure.

"A person close to the situation, who asked to remain anonymous, claimed that a number of different Saudi entities rallied together to help Al Nasser complete the deal," Athletic wrote.

Some of these bodies were included in the delegation sent by al-Nasser to Madrid, the delegation that closed the deal.

Now it turns out that the Saudi representatives tried so hard to keep the abuse a secret that they barely left the hotel during their stay.

"I didn't see Madrid at all," said one of them, "we stayed three or four days in the same hotel, and we preferred to hide in it."

Ben Pepi, from the JMW law firm, which specializes among other things in the world of sports, claimed that "this deal undoubtedly puts Saudi Arabia on the map. Saudi Arabia has endless amounts of money, and they will be able to land the biggest stars in the world in the next 5-10 years .

Ronaldo is the beginning of this project.

It is part of a broader strategy."

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Source: walla

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