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Al Nassr Deny Rumours Of Ronaldo’s Involvement In Saudi Arabia’s Bid To Host World Cup


January 11, (THEWILL) – Contrary to media speculations, Cristiano Ronaldo is not obligated by his contract to support Saudi Arabia’s potential World Cup bid in 2030, according to Al Nassr.

The oil-rich Arabian country is set to make the first-ever intercontinental bid for hosting rights in conjunction with Greece and Egypt and there were stories circulating in the press that Ronaldo might serve as an ambassador for the initiative after relocating to Al Nassr at the end of December.

However, the club has since issued a statement denying that such a clause is there in his contract. The statement read: “Al Nassr FC would like to clarify that contrary to news reports, Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassr does not entail commitments to any World Cup bids. His main focus is on Al Nassr and to work with his teammates to help the club achieve success.”

Ronaldo might have had conflicts if he had taken part in a World Cup bid, as Portugal was also vying to host the tournament alongside Spain and Ukraine. The speculations also included Lionel Messi’s reportedly involvement in Saudi Arabia’s bid even though Argentina is also competing for the hosting rights.

Ronaldo is scheduled to make his Saudi Arabian football debut against Messi’s PSG in an exhibition game the following week, as THEWILL previously reported.