Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, has revealed that his work in Europe is done, having played for the best clubs in the continent.
Ronaldo said this at his first press conference with Saudi Arabia club, Al Nassr, in s deal which made him the highest paid footballer in the world.
According to the Portuguese, he snubbed offers from Europe and clubs in other continents to take up the challenge of developing football in Saudi Arabia.
He said, “So far, I’m feeling very good. I’m so proud to make this big decision in my life in football. As I mentioned before, my work in Europe is done. And for me, now is a new challenge in Asia.
“I’m glad that Al Nassr gave me this wonderful opportunity to show and develop not only football but also the young generation, the women’s generation as well and young boys. For me, it’s a challenge but at the same time I feel very proud.”
The 37-year-old added that part of the challenge he had taken up included giving a different vision about Saudi Arabia.
He said, “As I told you before, this is a great opportunity for me, not only in football but also to change the mentality of the new generation. Nobody knew but I can say now of many opportunities in Europe, many clubs in Brazil, Australia, US, even in Portugal… many clubs tried to sign me, but I gave my word to this club for the opportunity to not only develop football but other parts of this amazing country.
“For me, it’s a good challenge. I know what I want and I know what I don’t want as well. So, for me, it’s a good chance to change, to help with my knowledge and with my experience… to help to grow many important points. Many people do not know that Al Nassr have women’s football as well.
“I want to give a different vision of the country, of the football… This is why I took this opportunity.”