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PRINCE ABDULAZIZ has admitted that he would love Cristiano Ronaldo to join a club in Saudi Arabia.

The Portugal international took to the pitch for the first time since leaving Manchester United as he scored in Portugal's 3-2 win over Ghana at the World Cup.

And he will be searching for a new club after the tournament, with Prince Abdulaziz discussing the possibility of him moving to a Saudi side.

"It would benefit the league, the whole sports eco-system in Saudi — and it will inspire the youth for the future," he said.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a big role model to a lot of kids and still has a big fanbase in Saudi.”

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  • Daniel Cutts

    RONALDO IN SAUDI OFFER

    SAUDI ARABIA wants its money men to take over Prem giants Manchester United and Liverpool.

    The Saudis already own Newcastle — and are funding the controversial breakaway LIV Golf series.

    But their sports minister claims the government would still “definitely support” any private-sector bids for United and Liverpool.

    Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said: “If there’s an investor willing to do so, and the numbers add up, then why not?

    “The Premier League is the most-watched league in Saudi and the region.

    “There is a lot of interest and appetite from the private sector.

    “We will definitely support it if the Saudi private sector come in, because we know that is then going to reflect positively on sports within the kingdom.”

    Prince Abdulaziz also told BBC Sport he would “love” to see Cristiano Ronaldo join a Saudi club.

    He added: “It would benefit the league, the whole sports eco-system in Saudi — and it will inspire the youth for the future.

    “Cristiano Ronaldo is a big role model to a lot of kids and still has a big fanbase in Saudi.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    Good Morning Manchester United fans,

    Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the pitch for the first time since he parted ways with Manchester United after his turbulent year-and-a-half return to Old Trafford came to an end.

    The 37-year-old agreed to mutually terminate his contract only on Tuesday but showed little sign of it affecting him on the pitch. 

    He won a penalty and then scored from the spot as Portugal saw off Ghana 3-2 in a frantic World Cup game. 

    His strike meant the former United star became the first person to score in five consecutive World Cup, another astonishing achievement for Ronaldo to add to his long list. 

    The end of the game saw Man United keeper Diogo Costa almost drop an enormous clanger, leaving Ronaldo stunned on the sidelines after he was subbed off. 

    Meanwhile, the Glazers have finally broken their silence on why they plan to sell the club.

    Avram Glazer told Sky: “The board went through a process and decided to explore different strategical options for Manchester United.”
    He added of Ronaldo: "

    Well, I'll tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo – he's a great Manchester United player, I appreciate everything he's done for the club.

    "I wish Ronaldo the best luck in the future."

  • Kiro Evans

    I Siu You

    It was quite the game between Portugal and Ghana yesterday as the sides played a five goal thriller.

    Cristiano Ronaldo made history with his goal from the penalty spot only days after his return to Manchester United ended with the mutual termination of his contract.

    Despite having so much on his mind, it's possible the 37-year-old wakes up this morning still thinking about Ghana's Osman Bukari.

    He scored a late consolation goal for the African side and then left Ronaldo stunned in the dugout by copying his iconic 'siu' celebration, less than half-an-hour after Ronaldo had done it himself.

  • Kiro Evans

    Roo What?

    Footie hero Wayne Rooney left his players gobsmacked by telling them of his small willy.

    The DC United boss, 37, was attempting a rousing “triumph over adversity speech” after a string of poor results.

    The ex-England skipper, who once said he was “the big man”, told them that having a “tiny penis” had not stopped him.

    However, it went down like a lead balloon among his Washington-based side. 

    A source said: “A few of the young lads were horrified. They don’t share the same British sense of humour.”

    Read the full bizarre Sun exclusive story here.

  • Kiro Evans

    Avram Pays Tribute

    Avram Glazer yesterday sung the praises of Cristiano Ronaldo – but refused to give away any more information on plans to sell Manchester United.

    Despite the lack of club football, it's been a very busy week at Old Trafford.

    News that Ronaldo and United have mutually terminated his contract collided with the revelation that the Glazers were preparing to sell the club.

    While he had little to say on his plans for the club, Avram Glazer had only warm words for Ronaldo yesterday.

    He said: "Well, I'll tell you about Cristiano Ronaldo – he's a great Manchester United player, I appreciate everything he's done for the club.

    "I wish Ronaldo the best luck in the future."

  • Kiro Evans

    It's Just Not Ron

    Seething Ghana boss Otto Addo blamed "special gifts from the referees" for a landmark Cristiano Ronaldo goal.

    Addo reacted sarcastically after Ronaldo become the only player to ever score at five World Cups as Portugal sneaked a dramatic 3-2 win.

    The Ghana manager was left unhappy at ref Ismail Elfath for giving Ron a penalty that the legend dispatched for a second-half opener.

    Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu got the merest of touches on the heel of the former Manchester United player.

  • Kiro Evans

    Record Breaker

    It's been some week for Cristiano Ronaldo, even by his famous standards.

    It was only on Tuesday that he agreed with Manchester United to rip up his contract after his bombshell interview.

    48 hours later, he scored for Portugal to make himself the first person to net in five consecutive World Cups.

    But the drama wasn't done there as the cheeky Ghanian star Osman Bukari nicked his "siu" celebration after he bagged a goal back, leaving the 37-year-old displeased.

  • Kiro Evans

    Coming to America

    Gareth Southgate is set to name the same side that battered Iran against the USA tomorrow.

    That means Manchester United stars Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are set for another World Cup appearance.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Pickford backs Maguire

    England and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has called for Manchester United ace Harry Maguire to be shown more respect.

    Maguire has come under fire for his performances in a United shirt, but always turns up for the Three Lions.

    Pickford said: "Part of being a footballer is being criticised, as everyone gets criticised in football, but of course he needs to be respected a lot more.

    "But Harry is mentally strong and takes it really well. I think it’s a bit unfair but his performances on the pitch show why he has so many caps for England and is captain of Man Utd”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Pay back time

    Manchester United are expected to launch a shock bid to re-sign Barcelona ace Memphis Depay.

    Memphis spent 18 underwhelming months at Old Trafford between 2015 and 2017, which resulted in a swift exit.

    According to Sport, United are monitoring the winger's progress, with Erik ten Hag a big fan of the Dutch star.

    But the Netherlands international isn't expected to make a decision until after the 2022 World Cup

  • Kostas Lianos

    Not Inter him

    Inter Miami have distanced themselves from signing former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo is without a club after his United contract was terminated earlier this week.

    Prior to the star forward's interview, SunSport exclusively revealed that David Beckham's club were lining up a sensational January move for him.

    But according the Telegraph, the MLS outfit have stepped away from a potential deal after Chelsea and Newcastle also cooled their interest in him

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ronaldo speaks out

    Former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo became the first ever player to score at five World Cups and then declared his Red Devils debacle to be over, reports SunSport's Tom Barclay.

    Speaking in a press conference – which lasted only 2 minutes and 12seconds – and answering just one question, Ronaldo said: “This was a beautiful moment – my fifth World Cup.

    “We won, we started with a good foot. A very important win. We know the first match is crucial. But also a world record. The first player to score in five World Cups. That makes me proud.

    “The most important step is we won. It was a week that finished this chapter [with United].

    “This chapter is closed. We wanted to start with a good foot. We won. I could help my team. All the rest does not matter”

    Credit: Getty
  • Kostas Lianos

    Sancho continues training

    Manchester United star Jadon Sancho is keeping himself in shape throughout the World Cup in the Netherlands.

    Sancho, 22, who left fans baffled by blacking out his Instagram account recently, has won 23 caps for England.

    However, a drop in form for his club has seen the winger lose his Three Lions place and miss out on the 2022 World Cup.

    Now the MEN have claimed that the England international is working with Dutch coaches in Holland “on the advice of [Erik] Ten Hag in order to keep fit and refocus” during the World Cup break.

    They state that sources have told them “Sancho is working hard to improve his form and taking advice from Ten Hag”. 

    Sancho has been snapped training with Dutch amateur side Rosmalen as he took part in some ball work around mannequins

  • Kostas Lianos

    Cristiano is Fab

    Fabio Coentrao has slammed ex-players for criticising former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he played at Real Madrid.

    Coentrao told Record PT: "I don't feel motivated to talk but I had to because I don't like to hear what they say about Cristiano.

    "There are ex-players who were nothing, they were s**t, and they talk about Cristiano as if they were something [in football].

    "They don't have to talk like that. Even if he's not performing at his level, it's pretty ugly. People start talking about him, saying he gets along badly with his team-mates and things get misinterpreted.

    "It's a horrible thing, I know how he is. I lived with him for many years and he doesn't have to tell me how things are: I know.

    "It's impossible that Cristiano doesn't get along with Bruno [Fernandes] or with one of his team-mates, [because he is a] fantastic person"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Devil's wear Zara

    Zara founder Amancio Ortega wants to buy Manchester United after the Glazers put them up for sale, with the unpopular owners looking for £9billion.

    United have already received plenty of interest, with Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Apple both claimed to be keen.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, businessman Ortega has now entered the mix.

    They claim that the Spaniard has already informed the Red Devils' chiefs of his desire to buy the club.

    As per Forbes, Ortega is worth £52bn – making him the 19th richest man in the world

  • Kostas Lianos

    Rabiot transfer war

    Juventus ace Adrien Rabiot may finally complete a transfer to the Premier League despite his summer move to Manchester United collapsing.

    Rabiot was close to completing a swoop to Old Trafford over the summer but saw the £15million deal fall through.

    According to Calciomercato, the midfielder is being monitored by Arsenal, Chelsea as well as Tottenham.

    The 27-year-old wants a contract worth £8.6m per net – a figure the three clubs are all prepared to offer.

    And with the France international’s deal expiring next summer his negotiation position with a hesitant Juve is only being boosted

    Credit: Getty
  • Kostas Lianos

    Ramsdale's Charlton inspiration

    Arsenal and England star Aaron Ramsdale has revealed his bizarre pre-match ritual – and it was inspired by Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

    Ramsdale said: “In the changing rooms, if I am playing, I take myself away from the main changing room to put my gloves on. I don’t like everyone giving me well wishes.

    “I put my right glove on, my left glove, take my right glove off and shake everyone’s hand so they are not touching my gloves. It is also a respect thing.

    “It comes from Bobby Charlton. My dad met him once and he went to shake his hand and Bobby Charlton took his glove off to shake his hand so that sort of resonated with me.

    “Then, I go out onto the pitch and put my glove back on, I go to the centre circle, play with the ball and then I go and touch the crossbar.

    “I am not massively bothered if I do not touch the ball or crossbar but the gloves one is the main one”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ronaldo makes history

    Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has made history once more.

    Ronaldo becomes the first ever player to score in five World Cup tournaments.

    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner earned a penalty-kick on 65 minutes after being brought down by Southampton ace Mohammed Salisu inside the area.

    The Portugal international took the spot-kick and beat Lawrence Ati-Zigi with a fine shot

  • Kostas Lianos

    Saudi Arabia targets Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo has attracted interest from Saudi Arabia after leaving Manchester United.

    United terminated Ronaldo's £500,000-a-week contract effective immediately via mutual agreement.

    The Red Devils tore the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's deal up after his bombshell interview in which he slammed the club from top to bottom.

    According to Sky Sports, Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are exploring a deal to sign the Portugal captain

  • Kostas Lianos

    Emotional Cristiano Ronaldo

    Former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was on the verge of tears as he lined up for Portugal's World Cup opener against Ghana on Thursday.

    Ronaldo, 37, has become the fifth outfield player to take part in FIVE World Cup finals since his tournament debut back in 2006.

    And, in what is expected to be the start of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's final appearance at the competition, it is clear the occasion was a lot for him to take in.

    The star forward shaped up for the national anthems and was clearly very emotional.

    The Portugal captain proudly sung it with a great amount of passion, but appeared on the verge of tears as it began

    Emotional Cristiano Ronaldo on verge of tears as he belts out national anthem before Portugal’s World Cup clash vs Ghana

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ronaldo goal overruled

    Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo scores. The crowd roars, as per SunSport’s man on the field Martin Lipton.

    But the ref had already blown for a nudge to topple Alexander Djiku. No way VAR gets involved in that one.

    Ghana fans, especially the ones with the instruments, clearly do not believe in drawing breath. They’re going to have fun, no matter how ordinary this game is.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Harry Maguire’ milestone

    Manchester United ace Harry Maguire is set to earn his 50th England cap.

    Maguire said: “I have great belief in myself. I worked as hard as possible. I give my all and give and my best.

    “I went to the Euros on the back on an eight to 10-week injury so here, I was not worried about lack of game time. I want to be playing every week for my club and fight for my team. It is not where I want to be but I have worked hard and worked extra on the training pitch ready to play.

    “I was disappointed to come off pitch in the first game of the World Cup. I felt unwell during the second half but I have done all the tests and I have felt well since. I have been on the training pitch for the last couple of days and feel well.

    “As a footballer no-one likes being criticised. I have played with Cristiano Ronaldo and he is one of the greatest players and gets criticised day-in day-out so if he gets criticised. . . I am the captain of Man United and it will happen to all of us”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ronaldo misses two major chances

    Should. Have. Scored. As per SunSport’s man on the field Martin Lipton.

    Ronaldo, of all people, missing the sort of chance you’d expect him to gobble up after the Ghanaians were caught in possession 40 yards from their own net.

    His touch was slightly off but the keeper was out so swiftly to cut down and block with his chest.

    Of the two coaches, Fernando Santos looks more agitated, pacing up and down his technical area.

    Ronaldo then missed a close-range header after 13 minutes

    Credit: Getty
  • Kostas Lianos

    Seaman advises Ronaldo signing

    Arsenal legend David Seaman has urged his former club to sign Cristiano Ronaldo on a free transfer after his departure from Manchester United.

    Seaman told TalkTV: “Ronaldo is far from done and he would be perfect for Arsenal. I would applaud him because he’s obviously talking the truth. 

    “A lot of the stuff he came out with, is not stuff we haven’t heard. We have heard a lot of other experienced players moaning and criticising Man United for the way the ground is and the training…

    “That shocked me and that shouldn’t be happening”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ronaldo in action

    Cristiano Ronaldo is set to compete in his first match since leaving Manchester United.

    Ronaldo will lead Portugal in their 2022 World Cup opener against Ghana.

    The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's contract was terminated by United after he slammed the club from top to bottom in a bombshell interview.

    But the star forward seems fully dedicated to Portugal now as he was visibly emotional whilst singing his national anthem before kick-off

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