After leaving Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a 2.5-year contract with Al Nassr, a Saudi Arabian club.
The financial details of the deal were not disclosed by the club, but media reports suggest that Ronaldo’s contract is worth over 200 million euros ($214.04 million).
Despite scoring 12 times and receiving a hero’s welcome, former Brazilian footballer Rivaldo believes that Ronaldo could be unhappy in his new environment.
Rivaldo stated that sometimes players are lured in by big contracts in Saudi Arabia, but the lifestyle is closed, and football may not be as easy as expected.
Rivaldo suggests that Ronaldo may be going through a phase of disappointment and reflection and questions whether the money he is getting compensates for the unhappy life he may be living.
Former Brazil legend Rivaldo believes that Cristiano Ronaldo should consider returning to Real Madrid to end his career in football on a high note.
Ronaldo previously enjoyed a successful spell at Real Madrid from 2009-2018, where he amassed a vast collection of club honors, including four Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, and three Club World Cups.
Rivaldo acknowledges that Ronaldo’s age may affect his performance, but he believes that the Portuguese star can still contribute to Real Madrid’s success in future conquests.
“The fans should not expect the same level of performance from him as when he was younger, but he can still be a valuable asset to the club,” said Rivaldo in an interview with Mundo Deportivo.
Ronaldo left Manchester United to join Al Nassr on a 2-1/2 year contract in 2022, but Rivaldo suggests that Ronaldo could be unhappy in his new surroundings, despite scoring 12 goals since his arrival.