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Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Saudi Arabia with a listing of ‘best practices’ to assist latest club Al-Nassr strive off the pitch, in accordance with reports. Club officials are working desperately to implement Ronaldo’s plan in a bid to enhance Saudi football. 

Ronaldo made his debut for Al-Nassr in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Ettifaq. The Manchester United and Real Madrid icon did not mark the occasion with a goal, although strike partner Anderson Talisca’s strike elevated his side to the highest of the Saudi Pro League. 

Al-Nassr officials are keen for Ronaldo to assist the club and wider national game grow in stature. They hope that his presence will lift standards on and off the pitch.

When he arrived in Saudi, Ronaldo got here armed with a listing of improvements and ‘best practices’ and handed them to Al-Nassr officials. The veteran forward has used his experience with United, Madrid and Juventus to know what cultivates a winning culture. 

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In keeping with ESPN, club chiefs are working to implement the set of demands recommend by the Portuguese icon. They might even be motivated to enhance the practices of the club provided that Ronaldo tore into an analogous aspect of United’s approach to modern football. 

The 37-year-old said in his infamous Piers Morgan interview: “Nothing has modified, the pool, the jacuzzi… even the gym. Technologically, within the kitchen, even the chefs, who’re people I actually like and appreciate. They’ve stopped in time and that surprises me.

“I used to be surprised because I expected to see various things, as I said, when it comes to infrastructure, technology… but unfortunately I still see things that I already saw once I was 23 or 24 years old.”

Ronaldo signed an eye-watering £176million two-year deal when he arrived in Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, the report continues that Al-Nassr can be open to extending his contract should the attacker want to proceed playing beyond the age of 40. 

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Al-Nassr are ‘convinced’ that Ronaldo will end his profession within the Middle East country and can be prepared to extend his stay should the Portugal captain resolve to play on. All parties have, though, denied that Ronaldo will act as an envoy for Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid, a tournament that Portugal are also hoping to host. 

After a registration struggle and a ban carried over from the Premier League, Ronaldo finally made his debut for Al-Nassr on Sunday. Boss Rudi Garcia said: “I told the players they should make the fitting decisions on the pitch. 

“Obviously Cristiano Ronaldo is asking for the ball and we have now to provide him the ball because he’s the player who could make the difference. We’d like to work quite a bit on the positions of everyone. Sometimes we had crosses but not enough people within the box. We’d like to work on that.”

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