Cristiano Ronaldo will return to play in Europe after his spell in Saudi Arabia, as per his head coach at Al Nassr, Rudi Garcia. The Portuguese star left Manchester United earlier this season after his contract was terminated before joining the Riyadh-based club on a financially massive two-year deal. 

However, Garcia has stated that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will be having a long career beyond his current contract which will see him return to Europe. After his two-year contract in Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo will be 40 years old, making him one of the oldest players in the top flight. 

"Cristiano Ronaldo is a positive addition, as he helps to disperse defenders," Rudi Garcia said. "He is one of the best players in the world. He will not finish his career at Al Nassr, he will return to Europe."

Further in the press conference, Garcia also requested his players not to pressure Ronaldo with constant passes in the game. He also asked the team not to be overawed by his presence among them. He said, “It is very important that the players play normally and do not always try to give Cristiano the ball. I told them they had to make the right decisions on the field. Obviously, when Cristiano or Talisca are alone and ask for the ball, we have to give them the ball.”

Ronaldo’s time in Saudi Arabia hasn’t gone as per expectations as he is yet to score for his new club. CR7 has failed to find the back of the net on his league debut against Al Ettifaq and in Al-Nassr’s Saudi Super Cup 3-1 loss to Al Ittihad.

The 37-year-old came into the Saudi Arabian club after an illustrious club career in Europe’s top flight. In his 20-year run, Ronaldo won three Premier League, the FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League, and Club World Cup with Man United.

Then with Real Madrid, he won two La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, four Champions League titles, and three Club World Cups. After Spain, CR7 travelled to Italy and took lifted two Serie A titles and a Copa Italia trophy in three years at Juventus.

Download SportsTiger app for the latest sports news and updates.