Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to make a slip of the tongue on Tuesday when he appeared to say he had moved to South Africa rather than Saudi Arabia, the home of his latest club Al Nassr.
“It’s not the end of my career to come to South Africa,” he told media at the Riyadh club where thousands of fans feted his signing.
The 37-year-old, who has played all of his career in Europe, made the blunder when talking about the offers he said flooded in from around the world after leaving Manchester United.
A Portuguese forward who arrived in the capital of oil-rich Saudi Arabia late on Monday said he had received many offers in Europe, Brazil, Australia, and the United States.
As Ronaldo appeared in Al Nassr’s yellow and blue kit, a 25,000-seat Mrsool Park erupted in cheers and pyrotechnics.
Upon arriving at Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Ronaldo described himself as a “unique player” and insisted his career was not over.
“I’m a unique player. It’s good to come here, I broke all the records in Europe and I want to break a few here,” Ronaldo told reporters at Al Nassr’s Mrsool Park stadium.
“I want to win, play, enjoy, be part of the success and culture of this country,” he said.
Despite numerous offers from Europe and elsewhere, Ronaldo opted to join the Saudis.
“My work is done in Europe,” he said, adding: “I had many offers in Brazil, Australia, the US, and even Portugal.