Galician Raul Caneda, a former Al-Nassr head coach, has cautioned the club’s new signee, Cristiano Ronaldo, that the Saudi Arabian culture may be too restrictive for him given his way of living.
Caneda believes that after joining Al-Nassr, Ronaldo may have a difficult time adapting to life outside of Europe.
Ronaldo joined with the Middle Eastern club last week, and this week he was formally introduced as an Al-Nassr player.
Speaking about a European playing in Saudi Arabia, Caneda said: “In this aspect, I’m curious about what the Portuguese is going to find. The country has changed a lot in freedoms, but Europeans have different lifestyles from Saudis, and when I lived, you’d to live in housing estates for Westerners.”
He added, “Then there is the weather, which almost always forces you to train at night. Al-Nassr has very good training structures. Cristiano isn’t going to miss that at all. As a public figure, yes, you’ll find a suffocating environment.”