Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about some of the problems he faced for the first time while playing for Saudi Arabian Professional Football League side Al-Nassr in December.
The Portuguese forward made a fortune moving to Saudi Arabia after his Manchester United contract was terminated in November following his sensational interview with Piers Morgan.
The five-time Champions League and Ballon d’Or winner started life in the Middle East by scoring five goals in his opening three league games, but later revealed that his fresh start in the oil-rich nation This is a little difficult for you.
“The biggest difference I’ve noticed in Saudi Arabia is obviously the heat and the adaptive schedule to work out later in the day when it’s cooler,” he said while working for LiveScore.
‘But I’m really used to that now. The fans here are amazing to me, welcome me and my followers to continue this amazing journey.
‘Every league and country is different and I’m so proud to have gone through three different tournaments in Europe (and won titles at all),’ he added.
According to reports, training sessions in Saudi Arabia usually take place in the evenings with extreme desert temperatures in the state often reaching above 40 degrees.
That has forced Ronaldo to adjust to new lifestyle habits as the 38-year-old transitions from daytime training sessions to evening sessions, where cooler weather allows the players to spend long periods of time outdoors.
The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus attacker ended his first season in the Saudi Arabian league with 14 goals in 16 appearances for Al-Nassr.
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