Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to receive more big-money offers from Saudi clubs, the country’s FA president says… after Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr made ‘obscene’ bids for the Man United star in summer.
- Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, has made clear his desire to leave Manchester United in the summer
- There was only lukewarm interest from clubs competing in the Champions League
- Saudi Arabian clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr made lucrative offers for him
- The country’s FA president Yasser Al-Misehal expects interest to continue
- He would love to see Ronaldo play football in the Saudi Pro League
Saudi Arabian clubs will not stop trying to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to their league, according to the president of the country’s Football Federation.
The Portuguese star, 37, has made no secret of his desire to leave Manchester United and join a club playing in the Champions League this season.
However, despite indicative interest from the likes of Chelsea and Napoli, the only concrete offers that came in for Ronaldo were from Saudi Arabian League clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr.
Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to leave Manchester United for a Champions League club
However, there have been no offers for the 37-year-old star from any of Europe’s top clubs
Such a bid was described as “obscene”, reflecting the vast wealth in both the country and its top football league.
But Yasser Al-Misehal, the chairman of the Saudi Arabian FA, believes efforts to bring Ronaldo to the league will not stop there.
“We would love to see a player like Cristiano Ronaldo play in the Saudi League,” he told The Athletic.
“It would bring huge positive feedback and it would be great news for everyone. I’m sure everyone knows about Cristiano Ronaldo’s achievements and records, but also as a player who is a great role model.
“I think, ‘Why not?’ I’m sure it would be a very expensive deal, of course, but we can see our clubs getting higher revenue over the last couple of years.
Saudi FA president Yasser Al-Misehal expects more interest from clubs in his country
Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal have made an offer to buy Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer
“We have already seen some big players who played in the Premier League come to the Saudi League.
“I like Cristiano Ronaldo as a player and I would like to see him play in Saudi Arabia.”
Ronaldo has started just one of United’s first six Premier League games this season as Erik ten Hag searches for ways forward without a player who scored 24 times for the club last season.
He was unable to make much of an impact when Ten Hag started him in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League opener at home to Real Sociedad, which United lost 1-0.
Asked if he expected a Saudi club to make an offer for Ronaldo in the January window, Al-Michehal added: “To be honest, I don’t have the answer.
United’s new manager Erik ten Hag has used Ronaldo heavily off the bench this season
“If I were a club president, I could give you the answer. But my colleagues at the clubs don’t have to share their negotiations with me.
“It wouldn’t be an easy deal for a Saudi club or even for him, but we would like to see him or even some other top players of the same level.”
United saw their away clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
They head to Moldova on Thursday to play Sheriff Tiraspol in the second leg of their Europa League group stage, but their home game against Leeds United on Sunday is doubtful.
Police resources across the country will be stretched with thousands of officers called in for the Queen’s funeral in London on Monday.