Cristiano Ronaldo’s new club Al Nassr: Squad, coach and titles

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s future is already clear. The Portuguese is moving to the Saudi Arabian league to play for Al Nassr.

The striker has left Manchester United and starts his sporting retirement in the Saudi Arabian league.

At Al Nassr he will sign the biggest contract in the history of football.

The Saudi club has offered him a total of 200 million per season in a contract for the next two years.

Of this, just under 100 million euros is for his sporting activities and other fees will be for advertising and marketing.

Al Nassr was founded in 1955, the team plays its home games at Mrsool Park and its colors are yellow and blue. They are currently coached by former Roma coach Rudi Garcia.


Al Nassr was an amateur club until 1960, when it was officially registered with the General Presidency of Youth Welfare.

At that time, Abdul Rahman bin Saud Al Saud became the head of the club.

Al Nassr entered the second division and were subsequently promoted to the first division in 1963.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the club won four Saudi Arabian Premier League titles, six King’s Cups, three Crown Prince’s Cups and three Federation Cups.

In the 1990s, Al Nassr won two more Saudi Premier League titles, one King’s Cup and one Federation Cup.

During the time from 2003 to 2007 the club suffered setbacks.

In 2008, after a lot of hard work, they won the Federation Cup against city rivals Al Hilal.

After years of fighting and competing for different titles, Al Nassr won the Saudi Arabian Super Cup in 2020 and 2021.

The Al Nassr squad

  • 1 Amin Bujari Arabia Saud
  • 2 Sultn Al-Ghannam Saudi Arabia
  • 3 Abdullah Madu Saudi Arabia
  • 4 Mohammed Al-Fatil Saudi Arabia
  • 5 Abdulelah Al-Amri Saudi Arabia
  • 7 Jaloliddin Masharipov Uzbekistn
  • 8 Abdulmayed Al-Sulaihim Saudi Arabia
  • 9 Vicente Aboubakar Cameroon
  • 10 Lstima Martnez Argentina
  • 11 Khalid Al-Ghannam Saudi Arabia
  • 13 Ghislain Konan Ivory Coast
  • 14 Sami Al-Najei Saudi Arabia
  • 16 Mohammed Maran Saudi Arabia
  • 17 Abdullah Al-Khaibari Saudi Arabia
  • 18 Luiz Gustavo Brazil
  • 19 Ali Al-Hassan Saudi Arabia
  • 20 Hamad Al Mansour Saudi Arabia
  • 21 lvaro Gonzlez Spain
  • 23 Ayman Yahya Saudi Arabia
  • 24 Mansour Al-Shammari Saudi Arabia
  • 25 David Ospina Colombia
  • 27 Majed Qasheesh Saudi Arabia
  • 29 Abdulrahman Ghareeb Saudi Arabia
  • 30 Meshari Al-Nemer Saudi Arabia
  • 31 Abdulaziz Al-Owairdhi Saudi Arabia
  • 33 Waleed Abdullah Saudi Arabia
  • 44 Nawaf Al-Aqidi Saudi Arabia
  • 45 Abdulfattah Asiri Saudi Arabia
  • 46 Abdulaziz Al-Aliwa Saudi Arabia
  • 55 Abdulaziz Al Faraj Saudi Arabia
  • 59 Yousef Haqawi Saudi Arabia
  • 78 Ali Lajami Saudi Arabia
  • 94 Talisca Brazil

The ‘Cristiano empire’ generates 200 million euros a year

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has an overpowering personality. The CR7 phenomenon is a worldwide sensation.

At 37 years of age, the Portuguese star continues to be in the media eye, attracting millions of fans, starring on front pages and generating advertising campaigns ranging from fashion, medical-aesthetic clinics, gyms, perfumes… to cryptocurrencies.

Cristiano Ronaldo is a global icon who captivates the masses with his style.

His image goes beyond the football pitch and his name has become a real brand that generates huge amounts of money every year.

According to marketing specialist Jean-Philippe Danglade: “Ronaldo is a huge mover in financial markets.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a real product, service and digital company,” Danglade added.

“He also has a museum with his statue on it. It is very rare.

“The Madeira airport is named after him, in terms of collective perception, it’s very impressive.”

The Portuguese player generates around 200 million euros a year, between salary, image rights, sponsorship and his various businesses.

CR7 as a brand

Over the years, Cristiano Ronaldo has established himself both as a footballer and as a brand.

His great attitude and self-confidence are traits of the striker from Funchal that have helped him to be hated and loved in equal measure.

Many people may call him arrogant, but without a doubt, his character is what makes him unique. Among his many investments are:

  • Hotels under the name ‘Pestana CR7 Lifesyle’.
  • Gyms under the name ‘CR7 Crunch Fitness’.
  • Perfumes ‘Cristiano Ronaldo Fragrances’, in agreement with Eden Perfums
  • Underwear for men and boys ‘CR7 Underwear’ in partnership with JBS Textile

In addition to being the image of many other sponsors such as Nike, Herbalife and PokerStars.

Details leaked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible return to Sporting CP

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s future is up in the air. The Portuguese star is a free agent, as he has yet to join a new team after leaving Manchester United.

Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr is reportedly interested in acquiring his services and they have offered 200 million euros per season, including salary and advertising agreements, in order to sign the Portugal captain.

However, according to The Sun, Ronaldo‘s cars were spotted in his hometown, where they were parked on the outskirts of the city of Lisbon.

Ronaldo transferred from Manchester his Cadillac Escalade, which is valued at 180,000 dollars and was given away to him as a birthday present by his partner Georgina Rodriguez, as well as his Bentley Flying Spur, worth 350,000 dollars.

His mother’s dream

Following his decision to transfer the cars to Lisbon, rumors sparked about his potential return to former club Sporting CP.

It should be noted that his mother, Dolores Aveiro, said some time ago that her dream was to see her son feature again for Sporting CP before retiring.

However, the Portuguese star is now focused on the 2022 World Cup, as his national team is set to take on Switzerland in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.

Serie A: UEFA investigates Juventus over alleged financial violations

The First Chamber of the UEFA Financial Control Body (CFBF) has opened a formal investigation into Serie A side Juventus over possible breaches of Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play rules.

Their investigation will focus on alleged financial misconduct that was recently made public as a result of proceedings led by the Italian Companies and Stock Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and the public prosecutor in Turin.

The First Chamber of the CFCB concluded a settlement agreement with Juventus last August on the basis of the financial information previously submitted by the club for the period between 2018 and 2022.

“In the event that, after conclusion of this investigation, the club’s financial situation was significantly different from that assessed by the CFCB First Chamber at the time the settlement agreement was concluded,” reads the UEFA website, “or if new and substantial facts arise or become known, the CFCB First Chamber reserves the right to terminate the settlement agreement, take any legal step it may deem appropriate, and impose disciplinary measures in accordance with the applicable UEFA CFCB Procedural Rules.

“The CFCB First Chamber will cooperate with national authorities and will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is ongoing.”

Del Piero reaction

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero took to social media to comment on the situation at the club.

Juventus are part of my life and, because of my history, I will always be connected to these colours,” Del Piero said on Twitter.

“Like any other fan, I am following this situation with attention and also for my work and my public role, I am inevitably asked comments in cases like this. So, equally inevitably, many things have been said and written.

“But this is a delicate moment for the club and now the only thing that matters and that those who love Juventus must do is to put in the best conditions the people entrusted with guiding the club in this complex phase.

“It’s a task of great responsibility that deserves all our support. It’s time to be even more Juventini now. For this reason, I think it is right not to comment on news and rumours which may turn into speculation. I will do so today and in the following days.

“I just want to wish good work to all those who are dealing with Juventus today; they will do so with the professionalism, dedication and passion that the club, the fans and our jersey deserve.”

Pele hospitalised in Sao Paulo: Worrying situation

Soccer legend Pele has been hospitalised in Sao Paulo, causing concern for his health.

It appears his cancer is not responding to chemotherapy and he checked himself in due to his worsening condition.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, 82, has been in and out of hospital several times in recent years due to a tumour discovered in his colon.

He had an operation on said tumour last September.

Further hospital tests

According to ESPN, Pele is in the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo in his native Brazil.

There he will undergo a thorough examination to determine the state of his vital organs.

Meanwhile, his daughter Kely Nascimento has written on social media in order to attempt to allay fears for the worst.

“Hello friends. Lots of alarm in the media with regards to my father’s health,” wrote Nascimento on Instagram.

“He is in hospital, checking his medication. Some of my siblings are visiting him in Brazil.

“We appreciate the concern and love.”

Pele’s health concerns

The three-time World Cup winner’s health has been deteriorating in recent years, what with the operation and numerous check-ups.

This, coupled with the pandemic, has left him effectively a recluse in his Sao Paulo home, although he does have the company and support of his nearest and dearest.

World Cup 2022: Italy’s torture: Not being in Qatar is a drama, a party we have been kicked out of for being bad

Italy will not be at the 2022 World Cup that kicks off on Sunday, as Roberto Mancini‘s side didn’t manage to qualify for the tournament that will take place in Qatar.

The Italian national failed to do so just a few months after winning the 2020 European Championship at Wembley against England. Sergio Scariolo, who is in charge of the Spanish national basketball team, admitted that missing out on the World Cup has hurt the Italians.

“The failure to qualify was a very big disappointment, and in an unbelievable way, missing two penalties in two decisive games,” Scariolo told MARCA.

“It’s a situation that doesn’t happen even once in a hundred times, but it did happen.”

La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Spanish football correspondent Filippo Ricci believes that Italians “are sunk”.

“It’s a pitiful month,” he noted.

“It’s pathetic for us, and it happened after winning the European Championship, where the team were praised for the game, and now it seems normal.

“We have always lived on moments, as it happened in 1982 and 2006. It’s living in an Almodovarian way, on the verge of a nervous breakdown”

“It’s a party and we have not been invited, or even worse, we have been kicked out from for being bad.”

Amedeo Carboni, one of the pillars of the great Valencia at the beginning of the century, points out that a World Cup without Italy will not be interesting for him and his compatriots.

“A few days of watching matches without your national team and you lose a lot of interest,” he declared.

“In a World Cup, you were always waiting to see how your team was doing and how the other teams were doing”.

MotoGP champion Pecco Bagnaia believes that Italy have a great team despite failing to making to the World Cup.

“After the title I didn’t have much time to think about the World Cup, but it’s obvious that for an Italian it hurts a lot not to be in Qatar,” he admitted.

“I was at the Losail Stadium before the start of the MotoGP season and it was spectacular. It was March and it was not clear whether Italy would play or not.

“I think we have a great team, we proved it just two years ago by being European champions, and not being in Qatar is difficult to assimilate.”

Abu Dhabi learns the lessons of the Spanish model

Soccer in the Middle East has become a real craze. On the eve of the first ever World Cup in the region and with Saudi Arabia’s interest in the 2030 edition, its neighbors in the United Arab Emirates are looking to get in on the act.

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council has sent two delegations to Spain to visit Madrid and Barcelona with the aim of learning from the Spanish sporting model, which has transformed its football over the past 25 years.

UAE looking to improve their sporting profile

In addition to visiting LaLiga clubs such as Leganes and Atletico Madrid, receiving master classes from renowned coaches such as Victor Sanchez del Amo and others, the UAE delegation also visited the facilities of the Spanish Football Federation in Las Rozas.

The UAE is ranked 70th in the FIFA ranking and aims to return to the World Cup in 2026 in what would be their second participation after debuting in 1990.

Back in Italy they were drawn in a tough group with Colombia, eventual winners Germany and Yugoslavia, losing all three matches.

On Wednesday they lost 5-0 to Argentina in the final pre-tournament match for Lionel Scaloni’s charges.

Another setback for Mbappe: No longer the world’s most valuable player

Kylian Mbappe is set to be the next superstar of world football, which is why he was the most valued player on the planet at 170 million euros not long ago.

His numbers and achievements at such a young age are already impressive, and there is certainly a lot more to come.

However, another player has appeared on the scene and has snatched the label of the most valuable player from the Frenchman. It is the Norwegian striker Erling Haaland who, in the last update, has dethroned the PSG player.

How much is Haaland worth?

Transfermarkt updated its ranking of the most valuable players and the Manchester City forward is now top of the pile.

He went from having a valuation of 156 million euros to 170 million euros, surpassing the estimated figure for Mbappe.

Haaland joined Manchester City this season for 60m euros and has made an instant impact, becoming the top scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals and another five in the Champions League.

For his part, Mbappe’s value has dropped from 170m euros to 160m. Despite signing a mega contract extension with PSG and starting the season well, it was not enough for the Frenchman to stay at the top of this list.

At 23 years of age, he still has room to regain his position as the most valuable player and even increase his market value to over 200m.

Since Transfermarkt has compiled the list, it is the first time a Premier League player has topped the list. In the top 10 positions, four are from the Premier League, an example of the economic might of what for many is the best league competition in the world.

These are the 10 most valuable players in the world

  1. Erling Haaland: 170m euros
  2. Kylian Mbapp: 160m euros
  3. Vinicius Junior: 120m euros
  4. Phil Foden: 110m euros
  5. Jude Bellingham: 90m euros
  6. Pedri: 90m euros
  7. Bukayo Saka: 90m euros
  8. Harry Kane: 90m euros
  9. Dusan Vlahovic: 85m euros
  10. Jamal Musiala: 80m euros

World Cup 2022: World Cup 2022: What is the first match of the 2022 Qatar World Cup?

There are only two weeks to go until the 2022 Qatar World Cup gets underway and it promises to be the most unusual World Cup yet for a number of reasons.

The primary reason for it being such an odd tournament is the fact that it takes place in what is winter for the majority of the world, rather than the traditional summer.

There is also the controversy surrounding the awarding of the tournament to the Gulf state, the treatment of the migrant workers who built the stadiums and infrastructure, and the laws around homosexuality in the country.

Despite all of that, 32 teams will participate in the tournament and the opening game will see Qatar taking on Ecuador on November 20 at 17:00 CET (16:00 GMT) at the Al Bayt stadium.

After the draw was announced, the 2022 World Cup was scheduled to kick off on November 21 and before hosts Qatar came on the scene, the Netherlands vs Senegal and England vs Iran would be played.

In order not to break the tradition that began in 2006 of the host nation opening the tournament, it was agreed that Qatar and Ecuador would play on 20 November, thus continuing the tradition.

The Netherlands and Senegal are the other two teams in the group with Qatar and Ecuador.

Team already getting prepared

Leagues in Europe are set to end around November 13 ahead of the tournament but in Mexico, Liga MX has already stopped and the focus has turned to Qatar. The same can be said for the USA and Japan.

World Cup 2022: The struggles Lionel Messi went through after losing the World Cup final

Lionel Messi‘s former agent says it took the Argentine star a long time to get over the Albiceleste’s defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final.

Fabian Soldini spoke to Infobae, stating he still has a great relationship with the PSG star. He took things one step further by explaining it wasn’t easy for the star to stomach the heartbreaking defeat

“When I was at his house, after 10 years of not seeing him, he told me ‘Fabi, I’ve been waking up at night thinking about the final in Brazil for a year. I can’t sleep. And I can tell you that. It goes round and round in his head,” Soldini said.

Soldini went on to explain why the defeat affected him so much: “It’s his love. His love is the national team. It is neither Barcelona nor Newell’s…. His love is for Argentina. His great love is the National Team.”

The professional relationship between the two ended in 2005 due to several differences over the Argentine star’s career, though they still maintain an excellent friendship.