Club officials told AFP on Thursday that Cristiano Ronaldo cannot yet play in Al-Nassr because the Saudi club has exceeded its quota of foreign players. And the Portuguese striker said, on Tuesday, in Riyadh, that he wants to play as quickly as possible, starting with the return match against Al-Ta’i, originally scheduled for Thursday, and postponing it to Friday.
But Cristiano Ronaldo is the ninth foreign player to join Al-Nassr, surpassing the eight-player limit allowed by the Saudi Football Federation. “Al-Nassr has not registered it yet because there is no vacancy for a foreign player,” a club official told AFP, on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak to the media.
“The foreign player must leave so that Ronaldo can be registered, either through transfer or by mutual consent.”
Among Al-Nasr’s foreign players are Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo, Brazilian striker Anderson Talisca and Cameroonian striker Vincent Abu Bakr. According to Saudi media, Uzbek midfielder Jalaluddin Masharipov is likely to give way to the five-time Ballon d’Or and five-time Champions League winner.
Another club official said, “Negotiations are underway regarding the sale of one of the players, but they have not yet entered the final stage,” stressing that the Portuguese player has not yet been registered. Ta’ee.
However, the meeting was postponed to Friday, due to a “power outage,” according to the authorities.