His first press conference in saudi arabia, soccer superstar ronaldo made a gaffe by getting the name of his new host country wrong. he had recently made a multi-million dollar move to al nassr, a saudi arabian football club, and his reported annual salary of $200m (â£177m) made him the world’s highest-paid footballer. south african football fans were dreaming of seeing him playing for their local team, and the south african tourism authority was hoping he would show up at the moses mabhida stadium.
Incident happened on tuesday at ronaldo’s press conference in saudi arabia, where he was welcomed with a thunderous applause from his new saudi fans. al nassr had tweeted “everyone is happy today ðð” and posted a video of ronaldo’s arrival. he appeared in al nassr’s yellow and blue kit at his new home ground, mrsool park. most tweeters in the arab world overlooked his gaffe, but south africa’s phakaaathi news site described it as a “stunning blooper”.
Was looking forward to his new life in the oil-rich kingdom, where al nassr fans were expecting him to win games for them and lift the club and country. the saudi officials at the press conference didn’t seek to correct ronaldo, and it didn’t seem to bother his new saudi fans. ronaldo has won everything and played in the most important clubs in europe, and his move to al nassr was a major move that made him the world’s highest-paid footballer.