The debut of Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr is one step closer as the Saudi club terminated Vincent Aboubakar’s contract to make room for the Portuguese.
Al-Nassr already had a full quota prior to Ronaldo’s amazing entrance, so one would have to depart.
The Cameroonian received compensation and is now a free agent, according to RMC Sport, who also claims that Aboubakar’s contract was terminated by mutual consent.
“Al Nassr terminated Vincent Aboubakar’s contract by mutual consent and he received all his financial rights,” the club source said, adding that Ronaldo was registered before Al Nassr’s game against Al Ta’ee on Friday.
“So now he served one game from the ban and will serve the other one against Al Shabab (on January 14), the source said.
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Al-Nassr defeated Al-Ta’ee 2-0 in the opening game of his two-game suspension on Friday 6th January 2022.
Prior to being allowed to make his debut against Ettifaq at home on January 22, Ronaldo will still be suspended for his new team’s journey to Al-Shabab the following Saturday.
The forward has started working out with his new team while sporting his new Al-Nassr outfit.
In the meantime, Aboubakar has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Ronaldo at Old Trafford.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the Glazers’ future as owners, United executives are eager to bring in a striker in January but lack the funding to do so.
The Red Devils might make a move for Aboubakar if he becomes a free agent.
For Al-Nassr, the 30-year-old scored 13 goals in 39 games.
Previously, he served as a representative for Valenciennes, Lorient, Porto, and Besiktas.
The team of Erik ten Hag has also been associated with Wout Weghorst, a fellow countryman of the manager.
Why did Cristiano Ronaldo Leave United?
For the first time, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag stated that Cristiano Ronaldo had to leave the team as a result of the interview he had with Piers Morgan.
Since his return in the summer of 2021, the Portuguese player has said that he has “no respect” for Ten Hag and that the club has “betrayed” him.
Ten Hag acknowledged seeing the Talk TV interview Ronaldo made to Piers. “I have seen most of it. I have to do it. It is part of my job to do it,” he said.
Ten Hag was astonished by Ronaldo’s openness in the interview because the player hadn’t previously indicated his desire to go.
“During the season there was no window but until that moment he never told me ‘I want to leave”, the Dutch coach said.
Ronaldo spent the majority of the previous summer looking for a new club, even though he never told Ten Hag he wanted to leave the club in July.
He was compelled to remain at Old Trafford, where he had a challenging start to the season, but no club in Europe made a move for him.
For most of United’s Premier League matches this season, Ten Hag moved Ronaldo to substitute bench.
After refusing to enter the field for the final three minutes of the match against Tottenham in October 2022, the club decided not to deploy him against Chelsea the following week.
Vincent Aboubakar, a striker who plays professionally and heads the Cameroon national team, was born on January 22, 1992, in Cameroon.
Aboubakar started his professional career with Coton Sport before moving to Europe in 2010. He played for Ligue 1 teams Valenciennes and Lorient, making a total of 109 appearances and scoring 26 goals in the top flight of France.
He joined Porto in 2014, where he played 125 games, scored 58 goals, and won the Primeira Liga.
While on loan to Beşiktaş in 2017 and again in 2021, he won the Turkish Super Lig.
Since making his international debut for Cameroon in May 2010, Aboubakar has amassed more than 90 caps.
He was a member of their teams for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, 2017 and 2021 in addition to the FIFA World Cups in 2010, 2014, and 2022.
He was the tournament’s leading scorer in 2021 and scored the game-winning goal in the championship match of the 2017 edition.