African players abroad Aboubakar opens up : What Ronaldo told me before I left Al-Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo Vincent Aboubakar

Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar revealed what Cristiano Ronaldo told him before he left Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr in the winter transfer window.

The Portuguese superstar joined the Asian side in December last year as a free agent on a €200m annual salaray after terminating his contract with Manchester United.

His arrival was warmly welcomed in Saudi Arabia as he brings more light to the Saudi League.

However, a Al-Nassr officials had to solve a problem.

That of the number of overseas players which is 7 by team a figure which is already met at the club and which made it impossible to register the five-time Ballon d’or winning without releasing a foreign player.

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Vincent Aboubakar’s contract has then been terminated by mutual consent and the Indomitable Lion was tipped to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

However, he finally moved back to Besiktas in Turkey where he had two stints in the past. 2016-2017 and 2020-2021.

Speaking on his discussion with Ronaldo before leaving Al-Nassr, Aboubakar said the former Real Madrid goal-getter wanted him to stay.

“With the arrival of Cristiano, I made it clear to the coach before his arrival that I already wanted to leave. When Ronaldo arrived, a foreign player had to be released,” the 30-year said on the French television channel Canal+.

“Ronaldo asked me to stay and the club wanted me to stay at least until the end of the season, but I wanted to leave. The club wanted me to stay and were ready to pay my salary until the end of the season.”


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