On January 5 (Hanoi time), an official of Al Nassr shared on AFP: “Ronaldo has not been registered because the club currently does not have a place to play for foreign players. This means a Foreign players must leave by being sold to another team or liquidating their contract ahead of time, before Ronaldo can be named to participate in the tournament.
Ronaldo is the 9th foreign player to play for Al Nassr in the 2022/23 season while the Saudi Pro League organizers stipulate that each team can only have a maximum of 8 foreign players. Among them, the pillar group like David Ospina, Vincent Aboubakar, Luis Gustavo or Talisca is difficult to replace.
Al Nassr is reported to have terminated the contract of Uzbekistan international, Jaloliddin Masharipov, on January 2. However, it seems that all the paperwork has not been completed. On Transfermarkt, this player is still on Al Nassr’s list of matches. In the summer of last year, Masharipov almost joined Al Ahly in the Egyptian national championship but the deal did not happen.
But even if Al Nassr registered to play, Ronaldo could not immediately play for the new team. According to the Daily Mail, CR7 must serve a 2-match suspension that he received from the British Football Federation on November 23, for the act of smashing a fan’s phone during MU’s defeat to Everton last season.
Article 12, paragraph 1 of FIFA’s regulations on the status and transfer of players provides: “Any disciplinary sentence up to 4 matches or up to 3 months is imposed by the former Football Association against a player but not completed by the time the transfer takes place will be transferred to the new league where the player plays.”
Most likely will have to wait until January 21, when Al Nassr encounters Al Ettifaq, Ronaldo can make his debut for the new team.
Duy Luan | 09:45 06/01/2023