Cristiano Ronaldo has been barred from making his Al Nasr debut tomorrow by the FA.
The 37-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner has become the highest-paid sportsman of all time when he signed a £173million annual contract with a Saudi Arabian professional league club.
Ronaldo, who was released by Manchester United after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan last month, arrived in Riyadh on Monday and was greeted by a large crowd of supporters.
Ahead of the official announcement at Al Nasr’s Mirsoor Park stadium, the striker underwent a medical on Tuesday before attending his first training session with his new team-mate.
Al Nasr were hoping to sell out the 28,000-capacity stadium for tomorrow’s match against Al-Tay and give the Portuguese star a grand debut.
However, he was reportedly suspended by the FA for slamming a mobile phone out of the hands of an Everton fan.
Ronaldo was banned and fined two games by the FA in November after an incident with an autistic fan at Goodison Park in April, and has not played for the Red Devils since. .
Ronaldo, who was walking through the tunnel, was warned by Merseyside police after snatching a mobile phone from a boy’s hand during Everton’s 1–0 win over United at Goodison Park.
He then took to social media to apologize for the “rant” and invited fans to join him as a guest at the match at Old Trafford “as a testament to his sportsmanship and fair play”.
It’s never easy to deal with emotions in difficult times like the ones we live in.”
But we must always be respectful, patient, and a role model for all young people who love games.
“I apologize for my rant and, if possible, to show my sportsmanship and fair play, I would like to invite this fan to watch the game at Old Trafford.”
But 14-year-old Jake, who has autism, turned down Stryker’s offer and received no apology.
Due to the suspension of the World Cup, Ronaldo was unable to issue a ban before his explosive departure from United, and the ban will now carry over to his new club.
As a result, Al Nasr will not be able to play with the new Talisman until he has played the two official matches he is eligible to play.