Al Nassr reportedly made a significant move for Cristiano Ronaldo‘s former teammate Luka Modric, but he chose to reject their ‘ambitious’ offer.
On Friday night, Ronaldo startled the world by signing a massive contract with the Saudi Arabian organization that will last until 2025.
After criticizing the team in an interview with Piers Morgan, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Manchester United amicably in November.
His career in Europe has come to an end as a result, and he has chosen to finish his illustrious career in Asia. According to Marca, the Saudi Pro League’s top teams were keeping an eye out for another international superstar.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was featured on the transfer wish list of Al Nassr president Musalli Al-Muammar, with leadership from the Saudi team recently visiting Spain.
When Modric’s current deal expires in the summer, Real will have added Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni to their midfield.
The 37-year-old is already set on continuing his career at the Santiago Bernabeu for another year. When presented with a lucrative offer, his “cutting” reaction was, “We’ll discuss in 2024.”
Between 2012 and 2018, Modric and Ronaldo teamed up to win four Champions League championships and the 2017 La Liga.
Sergio Ramos, a former Real captain and current defender for Paris Saint-Germain, is another possible target for Al Nassr, who might give Ronaldo his first start on Thursday against Al Ta’ee.
Given his vehement remarks on the subject in earlier interviews, both experts and fans have criticized the Portugal superstar’s decision to transfer to the Middle East.
On a recent edition of Vibe with FIVE, Rio Ferdinand, a former United teammate, jumped to his defense. “It was amazing to see David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, and Steven Gerrard travel to America,” added Ferdinand.
“What a way to finish their careers, getting great money, going to a league that’s not as competitive, they’ve deserved that, they’ve earned the right.
“That’s all I saw in the media. But because it’s Saudi Arabia, it’s a disgrace, it’s sad. Let a man go and live, let a man go and enjoy it. It’s a new adventure he’s taking his family to experience a new culture.
“Every single country in the world has issues, so America have got less issues than Saudi, have they? But it’s fine for all these players to go to America. Let’s let them go to the States and have a swansong year and just toss it off.”