Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Al-Nassr with a ‘list of best practices’ in the latest Man Utd dig and will end his career there
CRISTIANO RONALDO joined Al-Nassr with a list of ‘best practices’ following his acrimonious departure from Man Utd.
The Portuguese star, 37, made his competitive debut for the Saudi Arabia side on Sunday.
And while Ronaldo failed to score, Al-Nassr won the game 1-0 to maintain their place at the top of the league table.
But it’s not just on the pitch that the Real Madrid and Man Utd legend will make a difference during his time at the Middle Eastern club.
According to ESPN, Al-Nassr also wants to use Ronaldo to improve off the field.
This prompted the Portugal international to arrive with a ‘best practice list’ which the club are now trying to implement.
They hope these changes will allow them to become a ‘powerhouse of Saudi and Asian football’.
It comes after Ronaldo heavily criticized Man Utd’s off-pitch standards before his departure late last year.
In an explosive interview with Piers Morgan that led to a contract termination during the World Cup, he criticized a number of areas he felt needed improvement.
In November he said: “Nothing has changed, the pool, the hot tub…even the gym.
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“Technically, in the kitchen, even with the chefs that I really like and appreciate. They stopped in time, and that surprises me.
“I was surprised because, like I said, I expected different things in terms of infrastructure and technology.
“But unfortunately I still see things that I saw when I was 23 or 24 years old.”
Ronaldo has now completed his second stint at Old Trafford and is looking to find success with Al-Nassr – who is aiming for a first league title in four years.
The club are reportedly “convinced” he will end his career there, having bought his services with a £173million-a-year salary package.
After Ronaldo’s debut on Sunday, Al-Nassr manager Rudi Garcia said: “I have told the players that they have to make the right decisions on the pitch.
“Obviously Cristiano Ronaldo is asking for the ball and we have to give him the ball because he’s the player who can make the difference.
“We have to work a lot on everyone’s positions.
“Sometimes we had crosses but not enough people in the box. We have to work on that.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7215070/cristiano-ronaldo-al-nassr-man-utd/ Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Al-Nassr with a ‘list of best practices’ in the latest Man Utd dig and will end his career there