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Man United star Cristiano Ronaldo ‘likely to attract more offers from Saudi Arabia’

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Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to receive more mega-money offers from Saudi Arabian clubs, the country’s FA president says.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, made it clear he would leave Man United in the summer
  • There was only moderate interest from clubs playing in the Champions League
  • Saudi Arabian clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr made lucrative offers for him
  • The country’s FA president Yasser Al-Misehal expects interest to continue
  • He would like to see Ronaldo play in the Saudi Pro League

According to the president of the football association, Saudi Arabian clubs will not give up trying to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to their league.

The Portuguese star, 37, has made no secret of his desire to leave Manchester United and join a club that plays in the Champions League this season.

Despite tentative interest from Chelsea and Napoli, among others, the only concrete offers for Ronaldo were from Saudi Pro League clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr.

Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to leave Manchester United for a Champions League club

But no offers came in for the 37-year-old star of one of Europe's leading clubs

But no offers came in for the 37-year-old star of one of Europe’s leading clubs

Such an offer was described as ‘obscene’, reflecting the vast wealth of both the country and the leading football league.

But Yasser Al-Misehal, the chairman of the Saudi Arabian FA, believes the efforts to bring Ronaldo to the league will not stop there.

“We would love to see a player like Cristiano Ronaldo play in the Saudi League,” he said the athletic.

“It would bring tremendous positive feedback and it would be great news for everyone. I’m sure everyone knows Cristiano Ronaldo’s achievements and records, but also as a player who is a great role model.

‘I think, ‘Why not?’. I’m sure it would be a very expensive deal, of course, but we can see our clubs getting higher revenues in recent years.

Saudi Arabian FA president Yasser Al-Misehal expects more interest from his country's clubs

Saudi Arabian FA president Yasser Al-Misehal expects more interest from his country’s clubs

Saudi club Al-Hilal made an offer to buy Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer period

Saudi club Al-Hilal made an offer to buy Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer period

“We have already seen some of the big players who used to play in the Premier League come to the Saudi League.

“I love Cristiano Ronaldo as a player and I would love to see him play in Saudi Arabia.”

Ronaldo has only started one of United’s first six Premier League games this season, while Erik ten Hag is looking for ways without a player who scored 24 goals for the club last season.

He failed to impress much when Ten Hag started him on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League opening game at home to Real Sociedad, which United lost 1-0.

When asked if he expected a Saudi club to make an offer for Ronaldo in January, Al-Misehal added: “To be honest, I don’t have the answer.

New United manager Erik ten Hag has largely deployed Ronaldo from the bench this season

New United manager Erik ten Hag has largely deployed Ronaldo from the bench this season

“If I were the president of a club, I could give you the answer. But my colleagues at the clubs don’t have to share their negotiations with me.

“It wouldn’t be an easy transaction for a Saudi club or even for him, but we would love to see him or even some other top players of the same level.”

United saw their away game against Crystal Palace on Sunday postponed after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

They leave for Moldova on Thursday to play Sheriff Tiraspol in their second group stage match in the Europa League, but their home game against Leeds United on Sunday is in doubt.

Police resources across the country will be stretched with thousands of officers called to attend the Queen’s funeral in London on Monday.

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