Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Saudi club Al-Nassr was finally confirmed earlier this week, and one of his new teammates has already issued him a warning amid a rivalry with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
Cristiano Ronaldo has received an emphatic message from new Al-Nassr teammate Vincent Aboubakar, who is embroiled in a feud with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
The Portuguese forward completed a big-money move to the Saudi Arabian club earlier this week, signing a deal worth around £173 million per year until 2025. Following his explosive exit from Manchester United, Ronaldo is venturing outside of Europe for the first time in his glittering career.
His first task when he arrives in the Middle East will be to break into the Al-Nassr starting XI, which should be an easy task given the eye-watering wages he will earn during his time with the club. However, new teammate Aboubakar may have something to sаy about that first.
The former Porto player has been with the Saudi club since the summer of 2021, after joining from Besiktas. Since then, the 95-time Cameroon international has made 36 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals.
One of those goals came in his most recent game, when he scored in the fifth minute against Al-Khaleej. That goal proved to be the game-winner, propelling Al-Nassr to first place in the Saudi Pro League, ahead of Al-Shabab.
It also came at an ideal time for Aboubakar, who will undoubtedly hope to retain his starting spot regardless of Ronaldo’s arrival at the club. And the striker has already demonstrated his willingness to compete with the best in the world, having previously compared himself to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Speaking shortly before the World Cup, he claimed that he possessed the same ability as the Egyptian, with only the lack of a move to a top five league preventing him from displaying it more frequently.
“I understand people’s reactions because he’s [Salah] one of the best goal scorers in the Premier League,” he explained. “It stands to reason that if you talk about a player like that, people will talk.
“However, I did state that it was my opinion, my point of view. I don’t care if people don’t like it – he doesn’t impress me.
“I’m capable of doing what he does. I simply do not have the opportunity to play for a major club.”
Aboubakar did show his goalscoring instincts during the World Cup in Qatar, scoring two goals, one of which was a stunning lob against Serbia, and another against Brazil in his country’s final group game.
The striker will look to extend his scoring streak later this week when Al-Nassr takes on Al-Ta’ee in a match that appears to be too soon for Ronaldo’s debut. The Portuguese international is expected to make his debut for his new club against Al-Shabab in a couple of weeks.