Former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo may block any potential move for Mason Greenwood to join the Saudi Pro League this summer.
Mason Greenwood will depart Manchester United this summer after the club’s internal investigation into allegations of domestic abuse concluded with CEO Richard Arnold announcing that it be best if the player and club find a new path for his future.
Greenwood himself released a statement claiming his innocence, and he was never charged with anything by the Crown Prosecution Service – but waves of unrest among the fanbase, when it was leaked that Greenwood would be staying at the club, forced Arnold to change his mind.
United have committed themselves to helping Greenwood find pastures new, and although some suggested that he should rebuild his career in Saudi Arabia, a source has claimed to the Sun that former United player Cristiano Ronaldo, who started the wave of players joining the Saudi Pro League, may block any path for Greenwood.
This is because of comments that Greenwood had previously made about the forward, who described his former teammate as “dead”.
“Ronaldo isn’t known for his thick skin,” said the source. He was really annoyed at what Greenwood said — but he has good reason to be when you consider what Ronaldo has achieved in his career and where Greenwood finds himself.
“Greenwood had his nose put out of joint when Ronaldo signed for United because he ended up playing a lot less than he had hoped for, so their relationship was difficult.
“Ronaldo is treated as royalty in Saudi and what he says goes. He would have enough influence there to kibosh clubs from signing Greenwood if he wanted to.”
This also comes at a time when a senior league source has told the BBC that a move for Greenwood by one of the Saudi clubs would be “very surprising”.
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