Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr unveiling recap after completing medical

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Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr unveiling recap after completing medical
Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr unveiling recap after completing medical

Cristiano Ronaldo was presented as an Al-Nassr player on Tuesday afternoon making him the highest paid footballer on the planet.

The former Manchester United striker arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia via his private jet on Monday evening. He then completed his medical as the physical formalities of the move were undertaken and has made his way to Mrsool Park Stadium.

Shortly after 4pm, Ronaldo was unveiled. The mega-money signing was first presented to the media in a press conference before greeting his new team-mates and manager in the dressing room and making his way out onto the pitch in front of a fan-filled stadium.

Depending on his fitness, Ronaldo could make his debut on Thursday against Al-Ta'ee. Failing that, the Saudi Pro League leaders face Al-Shabab on Saturday.

Look back on all the action as it unfolded below...

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That's all from us

Thanks for joining us for Cristiano Ronaldo's unveiling at Al-Nassr.

That's all from us today, but we're sure to hear more from the star when he makes his debut for his new club.

Ready to get going

Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr unveiling recap after completing medicalRonaldo's Al-Nassr debut could come this week (Amr Nabil/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Garcia changes his tune

Al-Nassr boss Rudi Garcia has underlined that he considers it to be an “honour” to manage Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese superstar was unveiled by the Saudi Arabian club.

Ronaldo completed a stunning move to the Saudi Arabia club on Friday and is expected to earn in the region of £173million per year.

The deal comes after Ronaldo ended his relationship with Manchester United by mutual consent in November following a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.

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Ronaldo hits back at critics

Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at critics during his Al-Nassr unveiling - and backed up his words in his first meeting with his new colleagues.

On Tuesday, the former Manchester United superstar was presented in front of adoring supporters in Riyadh, after signing his eye-watering deal with the Saudi giants.

Ronaldo has been accused of chasing the money following his decision to ditch European football, instead signing a contract worth a reported £173 million-per-year in the Middle East.

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A hint about Newcastle?

Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared to pour cold water on a possible future transfer to Newcastle United by insisting that his work in Europe is done.

The 37-year-old was unveiled by his new club Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, having put pen to paper on a deal worth an estimated £173 million per season.

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Potential debut dates

Cristiano Ronaldo is in a race with time to make his Al-Nassr debut on Thursday.

Al-Nassr fans are keen to see the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in action and he is set to make his debut as a second-half substitute against Al-Ta'ee on Thursday, if he's fit enough.

He is poised to make his first Al-Nassr start against Al-Shabab on Saturday, January 14.

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Ronaldo's parting words

"I have the opportunity to say me and my family, we want to say thank you to all of you for your welcome," Ronaldo says.

He then leads the crowd in a cheer before making his way off the stage and off the pitch.

Ronaldo's family join him on the pitch

Cristiano Ronaldo's partner Georgina and Ronaldo's children have walked out onto the pitch.

The children are all decked out in Al-Nassr shirts as they receive their welcome.

One last gift for a fan

Ronaldo looks set to fire another ball into the stands but instead sees a young girl at the front and jogs up before throwing it to her.

The balls keep coming

What? You thought he'd only do it once?

Ronaldo's first touch in Al-Nassr colours

He has now signed a ball and kicked it high into the crowd.

Whoever gets their hands on it will be very grateful indeed.

Time for the photos

A group of Al-Nassr youngsters have joined Ronaldo for a photograph.

Members of the women's team have also joined the new signing, with the crowd remaining in full voice throughout.

Ronaldo's goal

"What I expect to achieve is to make people happy, to enjoy myself, to help the country to be better, better and better," Ronaldo says.

"I know the league is very competitive and I want to make people happy. This is my goal."

He also reiterates his desire to support women's football in Saudi Arabia as well as the men's game.

Ronaldo greets the fans

Ronaldo has to wait for the roars to die down before speaking to the fans for the first time.

"For me it's a pleasure to be here," he says. "I feel yestersday the welcome they gave to me and my family, and of course I will give my best for this club.

After he gives his answer, the crowd chant his name non-stop.

Ronaldo's promise to his club

"I promise I'll be quick out there for the presentation, to get to training," the 37-year-old said upon leaving the dressing room.

Remember, the next game is on Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo makes his entrance

After some short pitchside introductions [okay, not that short], Ronaldo has been unveiled to the waiting crowd.

The cheers are deafening even before he steps out in his Al-Nassr shirt, but then they reach another level.

No doubts about how excited these fans are.

A banner has been raised

'Bem Vindo [welcome], Ronaldo' is the simple message from the crowd.

More from Ronaldo

"I just want to say I feel very happy to be here. It's a big challenge for me to change from Europe to Asia but I know the group and it's fantastic," he says.

He adds that he has watched the team play and likes what he's seen in terms of the connection between squad members

"I'm here to help the team to win stuff, to enjoy and give my best," he adds.

More on Ronaldo's new challenge

“So far I'm feeling very good," he said.. "I’m so proud to make this decision in my life as you mentioned before in Europe my work is done.

"I won everything, I played at the most important clubs and for me now it is a new challenge in Asia."

Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr unveiling recap after completing medicalRonaldo was unveiled to the press before greeting his new team-mates (Amr Nabil/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Ronaldo greets his new team-mates

Ronaldo has been greeting his new team-mates, who include Cameroon star Vincent Aboubakar.

The club president is now saying some words.

Getting closer

The fans' enthusiasm doesn't seem to have waned as they wait for Ronaldo to appear.

How will this rank among the biggest unveilings

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Remind yourself of an all-timer here

How's that for a greeting

Your ears did not deceive you, that was a siuuuuu from the media at the press conference.

Ronaldo turned down a host of offers

Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested he turned down a host of clubs to secure a "unique opportunity" to play for Al-Nassr.

The 37-year-old icon was presented as a player for the Saudi Arabian club for the first time on Tuesday, having signed a whopping £173 million-per-year contract.

Ronaldo has signed on the dotted line following his acrimonious and bitter Manchester United exit was confirmed before the World Cup started in November.

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From the press conference to the unveiling

The press conference part of proceedings is over, but we're not done.

Next, Ronaldo will be unveiled to the public in an Al-Nassr shirt for the first time.

More from Garcia

"He is an example, everyone knows that. My objective for Cristiano is make him happy and I want him to enjoy playing with Al-Nassr and winning with Al-Nassr."

Manager Rudi Garcia impressed by the turnout

"Normally after the game there is three or four journalists. Please, everyone is welcome to come after every game to speak about Cristiano's goal," Garcia adds.

"It's an honour for me but also for Al-Nassr to welcome Cristiano," the Frenchman says.

Rudi Garcia speaks

"Very happy" is the response of manager Rudi Garcia when asked how he feels.

Ronaldo ready to get going

The forward wants nothing more than to make his fresh start in Saudi Arabia.

Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr unveiling recap after completing medicalCristiano Ronaldo has greeted his new club and the waiting media (Amr Nabil/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Ronaldo's targets

"I'm coming here to win, to play, to enjoy," he says.

There is an audible hint of his trademark 'siuuu' celebration after his answer.

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15.07.2024, 17:44 • Investigation