Former Manchester United teammate Mason Greenwood’s potential move to Saudi Arabia could face a roadblock due to the involvement of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mason Greenwood is concerned that Cristiano Ronaldo might obstruct his move to Saudi Arabia.
After Manchester United granted Greenwood permission to depart, he’s been exploring new opportunities overseas. While Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir has expressed interest, Saudi Arabia has also emerged as an option, particularly with Al-Ettifaq’s tempting offer. However, recent developments suggest this Saudi option might be fading away.
Manchester United granted Greenwood permission to depart
Saudi Arabia’s efforts to enhance its women’s league for a second season in October seem unlikely to attract Greenwood’s attention. Another significant factor comes into play here.
Saudi is making efforts to enhance its women’s league which seems to prevent Greenwood from playing with Ronaldo
A fresh report from The Sun reveals that Cristiano Ronaldo has actively advised league officials against pursuing his former teammate. Allegedly, Greenwood had made critical remarks about Ronaldo before their time as teammates, comments that surfaced after Greenwood’s arrest in 2022.
Greenwood had made critical remarks about Ronaldo?
According to a report by The Athletic, Greenwood had casually mentioned “he’s dead,” referring to Ronaldo during the latter’s stint at Real Madrid. This slang expression hinted at the end of Ronaldo’s career. Manchester United staff reportedly addressed this language choice with Greenwood. Despite being a passing comment, The Athletic’s report might have caused some damage. Ronaldo appears to have taken offense, leading him to oppose the Saudi authorities’ interest in signing Greenwood.
Ronaldo is now the king of the SPL
This stance holds weight as Ronaldo has significant influence in Saudi Arabia, a consequence of his pivotal role in the Saudi Pro League revolution following his move to Al Nassr earlier in the year.
Unfortunately, the anticipated partnership between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood at Manchester United, uniting the club’s former star with its budding talent didn’t flourish as hoped. Moments of collaboration between them were scarce.
The partnership between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood at Manchester United wasn’t good
Greenwood seemed eager to assert his prominence as the team’s rising star rather than defer to Ronaldo, whose reputation for having a formidable ego is well-known. Ronaldo even publicly criticized young players, a move interpreted as a veiled jab at individuals like Greenwood who seemed to be falling short of their potential. Ultimately, Greenwood’s tenure at United ended before the season’s conclusion, marking the end of his time with the club.
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