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Money doesn’t make you happier”- Ex-Liverpool star says Cristiano Ronaldo should learn ‘lesson’ as Al-Nassr exit rumours emerge



“Money doesn’t make you happier”- Ex-Liverpool star says Cristiano Ronaldo should learn ‘lesson’ as Al-Nassr exit rumours emerges

Former Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo would have learnt a ‘lesson’ amid reported claims of his exit from Al-Nassr.

Spanish outlet El Nacional, via Sky Sports, claim that the former Manchester United centre-forward wants to leave the Saudi Pro League club. A return to Real Madrid has been touted, but not as a player.

Enrique, who played for Liverpool from 2011 to 2016, shared a snippet of the report and tweeted (h/t @Jesanchez3):

“[It] is no surprise. One of the biggest legends of football going there just for the money and obviously is not [sic.] happy because the football is just not [sic.] good enough. Lesson? Money doesn’t make you happier.”

‘CR7’ signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Al-Nassr that sees him pocket an astounding £175 million in yearly wages. But things haven’t been rosy for him in Saudi Arabia so far.

Despite scoring 12 times in 15 games across competitions for his new club, Cristiano Ronaldo is struggling to guide his team to silverware. He captained them to semi-final exits from the Saudi Super Cup and King’s Cup earlier this year.

Faris Najd have amassed 56 points from 25 games – three less than league-leaders Al-Ittihad, who have a game in hand. On-pitch outbursts from Ronaldo have become a common sight when his team aren’t winning.

The 38-year-old has cut a frustrated figure when things haven’t gone his way in Riyadh and has even reportedly received an offer to return to Sporting CP.

Manchester United full-back could reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr – reports

According to AS (h/t TalkSPORT), Manchester United’s Alex Telles has been linked with a move to Al-Nassr, where he could reunite with his old teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Brazilian left-back was loaned out by Manchester United to Sevilla last summer after it became clear he wouldn’t be seeing a lot of first-team action. Erik ten Hag brought in Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord to compete with Luke Shaw.

Telles, 30, is set to return to Manchester United this summer as Sevilla are not keen on triggering the buy-option in his contract. Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence, of course, can play its own role in attracting top players to the Riyadh-based giants.

Telles and Ronaldo played 21 games together during the Portugal icon’s second spell at Old Trafford. The Red Devils will also know this summer could be the last big chance they have to cash in on the Brazilian.

Telles’ contract expires at the end of next season and he can agree to a pre-contract with a foreign club from January 2024.

LFC teams up with All Star Partners for official retail partnership in China

Liverpool FC is pleased to announce a new official retail partnership with All Star Partners (ASP) in China.

All Star Partners is a leading sports and e-commerce retail company in China, focusing on sports licensing, merchandising and retail for top global sports clubs and organisations. Its mission is to help and support brands to get involved in the Chinese market.

Working together, this new partnership will bring Chinese fans closer to the Reds with easier access to official retail merchandise via digital e-commerce marketplaces on the Tmall, Douyin and JD platforms.

This partnership will support LFC’s ambitions for growth in China and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The club will collaborate with ASP on product development, market expansion, e-commerce development and growing the LFC fan base in the market.

LFC already has a wide fan base in China after decades of expanding support, and the new e-commerce shop-in-shop will combine LFC’s glory and history.

Mike Cox, senior vice-president of merchandising at Liverpool FC, said: “This is a huge moment for LFC to have a new official retail partner in China, and to do this working alongside ASP. Together, we can be closer to our Chinese supporters, who now have easier access to official club merchandise.

“This partnership is helping to further grow our digital global retail business. We’re looking forward to seeing what we can bring to the Chinese supporters and make them feel a part of the LFC family.”

Luo Bin, CEO of ASP, said: “For us, it’s a great honour to be an official retail partner of Liverpool FC in China. The Liverpool spirit of unity inspired generations of Chinese fans, many of them can even sing the song You’ll Never Walk Alone. So, we believe they deserve the best.

“We will bring them more and more great LFC official products, and make sure they will have shopping experiences better than ever. We are very confident that the Reds lifestyle and spirit will keep inspiring more fans in China.”