Ronaldo’s Expensive Check-Out: The Cost of Settling in Saudi Arabia
After a bitter end to his second stint with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo signed with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr in January. Since moving to the Middle East with his family, Ronaldo has been residing at the Four Seasons hotel in Riyadh. However, according to reports, he has left the hotel and is now living in an exclusive compound with a large security presence and easy access to amenities.
It is believed that Ronaldo was eyeing a move to Al Muhammadiyah, one of the premier areas in Saudi Arabia, or Al Nakheel, which has the best schools for his children. Since joining Al Nassr, Ronaldo has scored five goals and assisted two in four appearances. His side is currently at the top of the Saudi Professional League and is hoping to win the league for the first time since 2019.
Ronaldo‘s influence extends beyond the pitch. He has inspired his teammates to change their diets and improve their fitness. Club nutritionist Jose Blesa has praised Ronaldo’s dedication and work ethic, stating that all the players have trained more intensely and followed a stricter diet since Ronaldo’s arrival.
Blesa said, “Cristiano helps me a lot because we can no longer teach him anything, but he creates a school around him. The rest of the players do what he does because everything he does is wonderful to improve his performance. Since he has been here, all the players have trained more intensely and followed a stricter diet.”
Ronaldo’s impact on the team’s fitness and nutrition is reminiscent of his time at Manchester United, where his teammates started watching what they ate after Ronaldo joined. He is notoriously strict when it comes to his food, and the players at Al Nassr are following his example.
According to Blesa, Ronaldo wears two rest meters, a ring and a bracelet, to monitor his rest and recovery. He is also the first to arrive at training and the last to leave. Blesa said that dealing with Ronaldo is wonderful and that he has not seen a club like Al Nassr, where players have improved their body composition by 90% since Ronaldo’s arrival.
Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr has raised the profile of the Saudi Pro League, and he has already scored five goals in as many games, including four in a single match. He has also taken over as the team captain, with the decision welcomed by the squad.
Ronaldo will be in action on Saturday as Al Nassr takes on Damac at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium. As the team aims to win the league, Ronaldo’s influence both on and off the pitch will be crucial.