Before making his Al Nassr debut, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo must still fulfill a two-game English Football Association suspension, a club official told AFP on Friday.
After Manchester United, his team at the time, lost to Everton, Ronaldo was given a suspension in November for knocking a cellphone out of a teenage fan’s hand.
“The ban is applicable after he is officially registered,” one Al Nassr official, who did not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak to media, told AFP.
Ronaldo hasn’t yet been registered by Al Nassr since the Saudi club have more international players than they can handle.
Al Nassr have nine international players, one more than the eight permitted by Saudi football officials, thanks to Ronaldo, whose contract is worth an estimated 200 million euros through June 2025.
According to insiders at the club, his registration will be finished on Friday without mentioning who would be kicked out.
According to sources from Saudi Arabia, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Champions League scoring record holder was most likely to replace Uzbek midfielder Jaloliddin Masharipov.
Al Nassr’s first match after Ronaldo’s arrival was slated to take place on Friday at Mrsool Park, where he was introduced to the crowd on Tuesday to loud applause and fireworks.