On November 22, 2022, Manchester United officially announced that Christiano Ronaldo, who for long has been associated with the football club, will be exiting on mutual agreement with immediate effect. Football fans across the world went for a toss. This came after his controversial interview with Piers Morgan where he had made some serious allegations against the authorities of the club, reported Firstpost.
Prior to that, the club was allegedly facing indiscipline from the player who often missed preseason training and tours, exited before the final whistle at a match between Man-U and Rayo Vallecano in August, and refused to perform on the field as a substitute. Ronaldo was also angered by the lack of game time. The interview with Piers Morgan was like the last leaf.
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Soon after the FIFA World Cup 2022 ended, Ronaldo was signed by the Saudi Arabian football club Al-Nassr in a $200 million per year deal which is the highest-ever salary in the history of the sport, reported CNBC.
History in the making. This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves. Welcome @Cristiano to your new home @AlNassrFC pic.twitter.com/oan7nu8NWC
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) December 30, 2022
However, during his first press conference after joining Al-Nassr, he mistakenly said ‘South Africa’ instead of ‘Saudi Arabia’, reported BBC.
“The football is different, so for me it’s not the end of my career to come to South Africa. This is why I want to change, and to be honest I’m really not worried about what people say,” he said.
Here’s a video of the incident:
Saudi Arabia really just paid Cristiano Ronaldo $200m to say he's excited to play in 'South Africa' 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/wGegzyphE5
— JAKE BUCKLEY 🇦🇺 (@TheMasterBucks) January 3, 2023
After this, people on Twitter had a field day joking about Ronaldo! From jokes to memes, it rained funnies on social media. 😛 Have a look:
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😭😭😭😭 bro just let it go and retire man
— Brad. (@DiabloGooner) January 3, 2023
He doesn’t even know the country 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— True G.O.A.T Messi (@truegoatmessi) January 3, 2023
My idol is bad even at Geography now😭 he is truly finished
— #LM8 (@Pxxdressi) January 3, 2023
He is so lost 😭😭😭 https://t.co/YHNB9K4SXQ
— . (@Faith_Musetha) January 3, 2023
Does he know where he is😭 https://t.co/0PFg44dgeW
— Certified Stepper🥷🏽 (@BonganiATshaba1) January 3, 2023
He doesn’t even know where is his new club located 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/gGYo0X2PWM
— MadameFutbol (@MadameFutbol) January 3, 2023
Bro don’t even know where he signed 😭😭😭 saw the number and said fuck it https://t.co/7VIS6rPmNQ
— Hector (@gueroszn) January 3, 2023
Al-Nassr authorities are facepalm-ing right now!😭