Al Nassr release Cristiano Ronaldo statement regarding World Cup reports.
Al Nassr have refuted the claim that Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract includes a commitment for him to back Saudi Arabia’s perspective 2030 World Cup bid.
Saudi Arabia are set to launch a bid to co-host the tournament with Greece and Egypt – the first-ever intercontinental bid for hosting rights.
After Ronaldo relocated to Al Nassr at the end of December, rumours circulated that he may serve as an ambassador for the initiative.
However, the club has since issued a statement denying that such a clause is there in his contract.
“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,” the statement read.
“His main focus is on Al Nassr and to work with his teammates to help the club achieve success.”
Any such involvement in a World Cup bid could have been conflicting for Ronaldo with Portugal bidding alongside Spain and Ukraine to host the tournament too.
Lionel Messi is also reported to be involved in Saudi Arabia’s bid, though his native Argentina too are in the running for hosting rights.
Ronaldo is scheduled to make his Saudi Arabian football debut against Messi’s PSG in an exhibition game the following week.