Former Ronaldo colleague: ‘I’m not surprised he went to the Middle East’
Miralem Pjanic (32, Sharjah FC), who is playing in the Middle East, looked positively at his former colleague Cristiano Ronaldo (37, Al Nasr) going to Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo, who reunited with Manchester United after 12 years in 2021, broke up for the worst. He insisted on a team that could compete in the UEFA Champions League, and had frequent frictions with new coach Eric Ten Hag.
Ronaldo conducted an interview criticizing Manchester United ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the controversy grew. In the end, Manchester United chose to break up with Ronaldo and put an end to their accompaniment.
After failing to receive an offer from a European team he deserved, Ronaldo received an offer from an Asian team. Al Nasr of Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo joined hands with Al-Nasr, who had a huge amount of capital, and went to the Asian stage, not Europe.
Interest grew with Ronaldo’s trip to the Middle East, but there are already players from the big leagues who are active there. One of them is Pjanich.
Pjanic, who went through AS Roma, Juventus, and FC Barcelona, headed to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last summer. On the UAE stage, with 3 goals and 2 assists in 9 league games, he changed the trend that had been stagnant for a long time.
Pjanic, who is starting a new football life in the Middle East, welcomed Ronaldo to the neighboring league. Pjanic and Ronaldo worked together at Juventus for two years from 2018.
Italian media ‘Football Italia’ said on the 12th (Korean time), “Pjanic said Ronaldo’s joining Al Nasr was right.”
“It’s a very ambitious club,” Pjanic said through “Tutosport,” and said, “I’m sure the Middle East will be the future of football.” 메이저놀이터
Of course, it may not be the current time, but I judged that it is an area with many possibilities. He showed strong belief, saying, “There are countries that have a lot of needs. But their potential has not yet been fully realized. Certainly, football will develop here.”
“That’s why I’m not surprised by Ronaldo’s decision,” said Pjanić.