CARRAGHER QUESTIONS WHETHER RONALDO IS "WORTH IT" AFTER LEAVING MANCHESTER UNITED.
By Rashmi Goel
In light of Cristiano Ronaldo's upcoming move to Saudi Arabia, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hints that the player is not "worth the hassle" for top managers. In controversial circumstances, Ronaldo left Manchester United last month. In a tell-all interview with Piers Morgan, the Portugal captain strongly criticized the Premier League club and their manager Erik ten Hag. In 2022-23, Ronaldo only managed one league goal before the World Cup break, after attempting to leave the Red Devils last summer. With the 37-year-old's recent performance and off-the-pitch antics, it is no surprise that he is having trouble finding a club in Europe to join. With Ronaldo's performances on the pitch nowhere near what they used to be, Carragher does not believe that he is "worth the hassle" for a top club.
"Everyone knows Ronaldo's always been that way - but he was worth the hassle," Carragher told The Diary of a CEO podcast. We talk about managers making decisions all the time in football, can you bear that? Whenever you feel something is becoming a bigger problem... when a manager looks at you as a player, all managers want high performance, low maintenance. It's that simple. Carragher does have admiration for Ronaldo, even though it rarely comes across that way. “Ronaldo doesn't excite me in terms of his football skills." “I admire his mental strength." "I find it impressive."
Throughout his career, Messi's presence gave him mental strength. In spite of his good play, he never relaxed and said, "I am the best." Instead, he always maintained a constant expectation, "Yes, but you are not as good as Messi." Messi holds the majority of opinions, but there are disagreements among them. I do that as well, but on a completely different level. It's also about constantly proving people wrong. It He seems hesitant to leave almost as though he is not ready to do so. Apparently he is one of the greatest players of all time, and I cannot help but admire his drive, since I possess the same drive, but I do not possess his abilities. ”
The most likely scenario for Ronaldo is that he will move to Saudi Arabia, ending a long and illustrious career in Europe. There have been reports this month that Al-Nassr is interested in signing the Real Madrid legend, and it has been reported that he has agreed to to a huge contract with the Saudi Pro League club. Numerous reputable journalists have since refuted that report; however, a fresh report indicates that Ronaldo will sign a lucrative seven-year contract to relocate to the Middle East. Ronaldo will sign a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al-Nassr before becoming an ambassador, with his salary increasing over time.
According to reports, Ronaldo will support Saudi Arabia's bid to host the 2030 World Cup in conjunction with Greece. Al-Nassr is prepared to release three players in order to afford Ronaldo's salary, with his contract reportedly worth £175 million annually. Since no elite European clubs have expressed interest in signing him, the 37-year-old appears to be settling for a move to the Middle East. According to Ronaldo, he rejected the summer offer as he believed he could contribute to a successful season for United.
In response to the question of why Ronaldo declined such an extensive contract offer, Ronaldo said, "It's hard, it's hard." "Yes, it's true, yes, it's true... but what the press keeps reporting is that nobody wants me." "It's hard, it's hard," Ronaldo replied when asked why he rejected the huge contract offer. Moreover, I felt very happy here; I felt still capable of scoring goals, and that made me very happy to be here. It is my belief that as long as I believe I am good enough and capable of playing for the national team, including Manchester United, I am confident that I will be able to score many, many goals and contribute to the team."