Saudi player fired for refusing to give Cristiano Ronaldo the number 7 jersey? Al Nassr clarifies, ever since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr Club, the rumors ran rampant.
And one speculation doing the rounds on social media was that a player was to be fired as he refused to give up his number 7 jersey for the football star.
Ronaldo has always worn the number 7 with his previous clubs Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, as well as with the Portugal team. In fact, many people even called him CR7. Therefore, when he finalized his Al Nassr move, it was expected that he would wear the same number, but this time in yellow.
A recently circulated social media post claimed that Al Nasr’s Uzbek player Jaloliddin Mashripov’s contract was terminated because he did not want to lose his number 7 jersey. A netizen who goes by the handle @StokkeyG2 said in a tweet: Although the claim is not true, the football club has clarified. Mashripov had actually dropped to No. 77 before Ronaldo joined Al Nassr.
When news agency AFP contacted the club to fact-check, a representative dismissed the claim and confirmed that Mashripov had agreed to change his jersey number before Ronaldo’s signing was announced. In multiple Instagram posts, the Uzbek player also shared pictures of himself and CR7, with his jersey number highlighted.
Ronaldo’s contract does not include a €200 million deal to support Saudi’s World Cup bid. Cleared for a January 22 debut, club sources had previously told AFP that Ronaldo had to wait to make his Al Nassr debut because the Saudi club had exceeded its quota for foreign players.
In the latest update, however, another source said that the launch could happen on January 22 after their new team is successfully registered. The striker joins the squad list after Al Nassr terminated Manchester United-linked striker Vincent Aboubakar in order to stay within the maximum eight foreign nationals set by the Saudi league.
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