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The disappointment of not winning the championship — likely cushioned by the enormous salary he is being paid — did not stop Ronaldo from pointing to an optimistic future in the Gulf nation.
2 month before July 2, 2023 at 05:51 Author: Editors Desk Source: The Athletic
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The sun has set on Cristiano Ronaldo’s first six months in Saudi Arabia and he appears optimistic about the future of football there.

The now 38-year-old scored 14 goals in 16 appearances for Al Nassr, the club he joined last December on an initial two-and-a-half-year deal worth around £177million ($224m) per year, though it wasn’t enough for them to pip Al Ittihad to the 2022-23 Saudi Pro League (SPL) title in May.

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