The president of Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo's summer transfer failed due to registration issues rather than his desire to stay in Europe.
Ronaldo wanted to leave Manchester United after failing to secure Champions League qualification at the end of last season. Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich,
and Chelsea emerged as potential destinations, but all three backed out of the deal.
He was also the subject of interest from Saudi Arabia,
with Ronaldo believed to have been handed a nine-figure, two-year deal. However, it was reported at the time that he wanted to stay in Europe.
But in an interview with Thamanya, Al-Hilal boss Fahad ben Nafel revealed that the club is indeed in talks about Ronaldo, although personal terms were not the reason
"Yes, we negotiated with Ronaldo. The problem was not in money or in principle, Al-Hilal is able to bring world stars, but it was in the decision of the Sports Arbitration Center
Despite this failed move, Ronaldo is still sought after by those in the Saudi Arabia game.
The president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation,
I'm sure everyone knows about Cristiano Ronaldo's achievements and records, but also as a player who is a great role model."