Ronaldo’s decision to join Al Nassr is the biggest downfall of a footballer’s career.

Gabbie Odonkor
Gabbie Odonkor  - Chief Executive Officer 1.6k Views
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Cristiano Ronaldo will make his debut in Saudi Arabia against some of the best players in the world, but the rest of his time in the Middle East won’t be like that.
Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United did not secure him a move to another European club, although that was what he initially wanted.
He claimed to have received offers to continue his career on the continent, but he ended up moving to Saudi Arabia to sign with Al Nassr and become the highest-paid athlete in the world.
Although he has yet to make his debut for the club, he will face old foe Lionel Messi, as well as his PSG teammates, in a friendly match between the Ligue 1 club and an All Star XI made up of players from Al Nassr and Al Hilal, their rivals.
Although he joined Real Madrid for training recently and played against PSG on Thursday, life will change for the 37-year-old very soon.
Indeed, when he leaves town, he will be playing against opponents much less important than those he is used to, since he has only played for elite teams.
According to Athletic, sports intelligence company Twenty First Group ranks their former club United as the 17th best team in the world, while Al Nassr are considered the 308th best.
That puts the new five-time Ballon d’Or club on par with Luton Town and Sunderland in the Championship, but it’s relatively high.
The worst teams in the Championship are much lower ranked and sit around the 3000 mark, making them comparable to teams in the National League, the fourth tier of English football.
Due to the average quality of the Premier League, England’s top tier is ranked as the best league in the world, which will make those who market this league dream.
The league surpasses La Liga and the Bundesliga, all of which are far superior to the Saudi Pro League, in which the top scorer in Champions League history will now ply his trade.
According to the report, the Saudi league is only the 58th best in the world, nine places behind the Scottish Premiership but far ahead of Serie C in Italy, which is no small thing, I suppose.
According to their stats, one goal in the Premier League equals 2.6 goals in the Saudi League, which means that this season he would have scored 2.6 goals.
A businessman obviously doesn’t care about the quality of the player the former Juventus star will face and is only interested in Thursday’s game.
He indeed spent the astronomical sum of £2.18 million for the chance to attend what could well be the last meeting between Ronaldo and Messi.
The ticket is not a normal ticket, of course; being dubbed the “Beyond Imagination” ticket, owner Mushref Al-Ghamdi will have the chance to meet the pair with 12 Ballons d’Or between them.
On top of that, there will be a special gala lunch, which won’t be the usual collection of finger foods one might imagine, as well as a meet and greet with the winning team and a photo with them.

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By Gabbie Odonkor Chief Executive Officer
Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor , known professionally as Gabbie Odonkor, is a Ghanaian Sports blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter. He founded, a sports website and blog that primarily publishes news about sports.