While Al Nassr was diving at the end of the Arab league, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo recently had to receive one more piece of information that certainly made him unhappy.
Entering the 2023/24 season, Al Nassr had a bad start when he lost both matches in the Saudi Pro League (SPL) and is ranked 15th, just above the relegation group thanks to the difference. However, Ronaldo and his teammates recently also enjoyed the joy of winning the right to enter the group stage of the AFC Champions League.
In the decisive match in the last qualifying round against Al Ahli, captain Cristiano Ronaldo also contributed with an assist to help Al Nassr win 4-2 in the end. But the fun was not long, CR7 recently had to receive a “shock” from Arab football.
According to Relevo, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), the owner of Al Nassr is about to deprive Ronaldo of Ronaldo’s position as the highest paid SPL player. Accordingly, they are planning to invest in another superstar, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Specifically, PIF wants to bring Salah to Al Ittihad, another club that is also under their ownership along with Al Nassr, Al Hilal and Al Ahli. The reigning champion of SPL met the Egyptian superstar’s representatives in Doha and pledged to help him earn a higher salary than Cristiano Ronaldo if he moved to Saudi Arabia.
Al Ittihad’s side is confident that Salah will be attracted by the prospect of playing football in an Islamic country, and at the same time enjoying an unprecedented huge salary.
It is known that CR7 is enjoying an income of 200 million euros/year at Al Nassr and is the highest-paid football player in history. But if Salah does indeed move to Saudi Arabia this summer, that position will likely pass to the 31-year-old superstar.
This will certainly make Ronaldo feel unhappy, even angry. Because, CR7 is the pioneer for the wave of European players to Saudi Arabia and thinks that he deserves the highest privileges here.