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Rudi Garcia, the coach of Al-Nassr, blames Ronaldo for their defeat to Al-Ittihad.

Rudi Garcia, the coach of Al-Nassr, has blamed Cristiano Ronaldo for the club’s loss to Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Super Cup.

The club which signed Ronaldo in a record-breaking deal at the end of December, were defeated 3-1 in the semi-final of the Saudi Super Cup.

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Shortly after the match was concluded, the French coach was left to bemoan his side’s inability to make the most of their chances in the first-half, and he wasn’t afraid to criticise his new star man for missing a gilt-edged chance, either.

Garcia said:

“One of the things that changed the course of the match was Cristiano’s missed opportunity in the first half.

“I congratulate Al-Ittihad. They presented a much better first half than us, and we played a good second half, but unfortunately we were not able to adjust the result. It’s true that we regret losing the Super Cup, but we are still the first in the league.”

Garcia’s blunt verdict capped a miserable night for Ronaldo, who was taunted by Al-Ittihad fans chanting the name of his iconic rival Lionel Messi as he arrived the pitch.

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Sergio Busquets declines a €20 million per year offer to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr.

Sergio Busquets, Barcelona’s captain, is said to have turned down a €20 million (£17.5 million) per year offer from Saudi club Al-Nassr.

Sergio Busquets

After signing Cristiano Ronaldo a few weeks ago, the Saudi club appears to be attempting to rebuild its team. Al-Nassr was also said to be interested in Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, and most recently, Keylor Navas.

According to AS, Sergio Busquets, 34, turned down the offer despite his uncertain future at Barcelona.

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While there’s currently no deal in progress for Busquets whose contract expires this summer, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has been vocal about wanting to keep the veteran midfielder at the club.

It is also understood that former Real Madrid and England star David Beckham is interested in bringing Busquets to his MLS club Inter Miami.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Junior will join a football academy in Saudi Arabia.

Cristiano Ronaldo Junior, the son of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, will join Saudi Arabia’s Mahd Football Academy following his father’s recent move to Al-Nassr.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his son.

Recall that 37-year-old Ronaldo recently signed for Saudi side Al-Nassr in a mouth-watering that saw him become the highest-paid sportsman in the World.

Before the family’s recent relocation to the Middle East country, Ronaldo Junior spent two years in Juventus’ academy system while his father was playing in Italy. He most recently wore the No. 7 shirt as a prospect with Manchester United and was also featured in Real Madrid’s youth team.

The youngster who was recently spotted pulling off his father’s iconic ‘siuuu’ celebration after scoring in an Under-12s tournament for the Red Devils, has left United too and will now play at an academy level in Saudi Arabia.