Weekly Football News Catch Up: January 15th: Ronaldo Sell His Ballon d’Or Award; Messi Says He And Neymar Hardly Know Each Other; Bale Retires From Football; Others
Cristiano Ronaldo To Make Al Nassr Debut Match Against Messi’s PSG
Cristiano Ronaldo might make his club debut for Al Nassr in a friendly matchup against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), according to the team’s coach Rudi Garcia.
Ronaldo missed the first of two domestic games for the Saudi Arabian club on Friday, following his suspension from the English FA for hitting a young fan’s phone after Manchester United’s loss at Everton in April.
Garcia has indicated the 37-year-old would also miss the league match against Al Shabab and make his debut against Ettifaq on January 22, unless he plays against Lionel Messi’s PSG in a side made up of players from Al Nassr and Al Hilal on January 19.
The Al Nassr coach told French newspaper L’Equipe, “It [his debut] won’t be with the Al Nassr jersey. It will be a mix between Al Hilal and Al Nassr.
“For development, to see PSG, to see the great Parisian players, indeed it is a good thing. But we have a championship game three days later.”
Bale Retires From Club And International Football
Gareth Bale, a former star for Tottenham and Real Madrid, has announced his retirement from club and international football.
Bale announced his retirement at the age of 33 after helping Wales advance to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He last played for Los Angeles FC, a team from Major League Soccer in the United States.
Bale said in a statement he released on Monday, “After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football.”
Bale expressed his gratitude to his family and everyone who had a positive influence on his sporting life, including Southampton, Tottenham, Real Madrid, and LAFC.
“So I move on with anticipation for the next stage of my life. A time of change and transition, an opportunity for a new challenge,” he said.
“We Hardly Know Each Other”, Messi Speaks Of His Relationship With Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has claimed that he hardly knows his teammate Neymar.
Messi joked that he and Neymar don’t really know each other, even though they were teammates at Barcelona before reuniting at PSG.
He made the remark about his friendship with Neymar, following training with the Ligue 1 juggernauts.
Messi recently made his way back to PSG after helping Argentina win the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
During Monday’s practice, the 35-year-old, who was in good spirits, posted a photo of himself and Neymar on his Instagram story. “We hardly know each other,” he humorously captioned the picture.
Cristiano Ronaldo Sells His Ballon d’Or To Isreal’s Richest Man
Cristiano Ronaldo, a forward for Al Nassr, sold his 2013 Ballon d’Or to Idan Ofer, the richest man in Israel.
The Make-A-Wish foundation received over £532,000 through the plaque’s charity sale, which raised money for the organization.
According to Marca, Ronaldo asked for a copy of the trophy to be built to sell at a charity auction in London as the real one is reportedly on exhibit at his Madeira museum.
Ronaldo has received the award five times in the course of his great career,
One of his five awards came to the then-Real Madrid forward in 2013, narrowly edging out Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery.
Manchester United Signs New Striker
Manchester United has completed a loan deal for Burnley forward, Wout Weghorst to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
Weghorst joins Man United loan for the remainder of the season after playing for the Netherlands at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The 30-year-old was a Besiktas loanee who asked to leave the Turkish team so he could finalize his move to Manchester United.
Weghorst spoke to the club’s website after completing his transfer to Man United, saying: “I feel privileged to be joining Manchester United.
“I have seen United’s progress under Erik ten Hag this season and can’t wait to start playing my part in pushing the team towards its aims.
“Whatever happens in the next few months, I can promise to give everything to the club for as long as I am here.
“I thank everyone who has played a part in getting me to this stage, and now I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting involved straight away.”