Cristiano Ronaldo discusses why he turned down Saudi Arabia offer
Cristiano Ronaldo explains his decision to reject a Saudi Arabian offer.
Cristiano Ronaldo has acknowledged that he turned down a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia because, at the time, he didn’t want to leave Manchester United.
Ronaldo turned down the chance to move to Saudi Arabia this summer despite receiving a €350 million offer, choosing to stay at Old Trafford in an effort to maintain his remarkable goal-scoring form.
However, he has butted heads with manager Erik ten Hag, who he has confessed he does not respect, and now a January exit appears to be on the cards.
Asked to confirm the reports of an offer from Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo told Talk TV: “It’s true.
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“The garbage press say nobody wants me, which is wrong. They continue to repeat ‘nobody wants Cristiano’. How could nobody want a player who scored 32 goals last season?
“And I was happy here to be honest, I was motivated to do a great season here.
“It’s hard, it’s hard. But in the same way, I thought that I was very happy here, I [am] still capable to score goals.
“I still believe that I can score many, many goals and help the team because I still believe that I’m still good and capable to help [the] national team [and] even Manchester United.
“But if you don’t feel around you that the energy’s on your side, it’s difficult. Of course, the criticism is going to exist all the time.”