Date: 5th January 2023 at 3:27pm
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Cristiano Ronaldo was officially announced as an Al-Nassr player earlier this week, putting an end to weeks of speculation around the player’s future. 

The Portugal international left Manchester United in November following a controversial interview with Piers Morgan, meaning he was without a club for much of the World Cup in Qatar.

During the infamous chat with Morgan, Ronaldo criticised the way that United is run as a club, as well as a number of former teammates and the club’s current manager, Erik ten Hag.

His contract with the club was terminated by mutual consent just days later, and Ronaldo has now mowed to the Saudi Arabian side on a two-and-a-half year deal.

However, the ex-Real Madrid man appears to have been dealt a huge blow just days after joining his new club.

According to AFP, the forward will not be able to make his debut for Al-Nassr until they sell one of their current crop of foreign players.

The report claims that Ronaldo’s arrival means that the club are now exceeding their quota for overseas players, and must therefore allow one player to leave in order to officially register the 37-year-old.

Ronaldo trained with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday

Ronaldo has scored more than 700 goals throughout his club career, and is believed to have been offered the chance to remain in Europe following the end of his second spell with United.

He decided otherwise, though, and is now set to star in the Middle East.

Al-Nassr were initially due to play Al-Ta’ee in the Saudi Pro on Thursday evening, but the game has now been pushed back to Friday due to poor weather.

The Manchester United icon’s decision to move to his new club has shocked many people, with the player himself having previously stated his desire to continue playing in the Champions League.

Al-Nassr currently sit top of the Saudi top flight, although second-placed Al-Shabab are just a single point behind and do have a game in hand on their rivals.

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