Cristiano Ronaldo Joins Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia to Leave Crowd of Stars on Idol Real Madrid star Rodrigo could not hide his joy after meeting his biggest idol Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese arrived to visit his old club in Saudi Arabia.
Brazil international Rodrygo has been in the books of the Spanish giants since 2019, having joined Santos while still in his teens. He has won several domestic and European trophies with Los Blancos, including the 2021-22 Champions League, before playing for his country at the World Cup in Qatar.
The youngster’s arrival at the Bernabeu comes just a year after Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus, meaning the pair have never shared the pitch in Madrid colours. Rodrigo, however, got a chance to meet Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia and could not hide his happiness.
[Meeting my biggest idol] – Rodrygo wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of himself and Ronaldo together. The 37-year-old visited Real Madrid’s training session in Saudi Arabia, where Carlo Ancelotti was to face Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final.
He was also pictured talking to Ancelotti, who looked delighted to see his former Real Madrid charge. The defending La Liga champions needed a penalty to beat Valencia in their semi-final on Wednesday after Thibaut Courtois refused to send off Jose Luis Gaya. Barca also needed a penalty in their game against Real Betis, for which Juanmi and William Carvalho missed the spot.
Ronaldo won the Champions League four times in Real Madrid colours, including in 2014 during his first spell in Italy under Ancelotti. Several of his former team-mates are still at the club, including Ballon d’Or winners Karim Benzema and Luka Modric.
Rodrygo will be looking to bounce back in the second half of the season after World Cup disappointment with Brazil. He was one of two players who missed the penalty spot as Tite’s team were knocked out by Croatia at the quarter-final stage, leading to the manager’s sacking.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo is looking for a fresh start in Riyadh after being knocked out of the World Cup at a single stage. The veteran was a free agent when his Portugal team lost 1-0 to Morocco, but is now preparing to make his bow at new club Al-Nassr.
Cristiano Ronaldo is more than a player. He is one of the best players in the world, Al-Nassr manager Rudy Garcia said of the new arrival. It’s amazing how much spotlight it puts on our club. Now, everyone knows where our club is all over the world. With Cristiano coming in, we would have gone from 800,000 (followers) to 10 million in a matter of hours, a few days.
The greatest champion is the easiest to manage. He (Ronaldo) mixed with the team. We saw him laughing and joking with his new teammates. He was with us for the last game even though he didn’t play. He was in the locker room riding his bike.