Cristiano Ronaldo is keeping up his goal-scoring pace in Serie A by netting 15 goals from the same number of matches. He is the recipient of the Juventus MVP of the month award for January. The Portuguese superstar showcased his exceptional abilities and inspired his team to win the Super Coppa title last week. Ronaldo scored the first goal of the Cup final, against Napoli, which Juventus eventually won 2-0. The trophy is the first piece of silverware for Juventus under the new manager and club legend Andrea Pirlo.
Ronaldo turns 36 years next week and is still considered as one of the most lethal forwards in Europe. Amidst the speculations that he might leave Juventus by end of this season, Saudi Arabia has approached the superstar to become the brand ambassador of their tourism campaign. According to The Telegraph, Ronaldo has turned down an offer from the Saudi Tourism Authority, which is worth 6 million euros a year. The 35-year-old has been named as the most popular athlete in the world in multiple surveys and boasts social media pages with millions of followers.
Ronaldo has also been key, in boosting the commercial profile of both Juventus and Serie A. Hence it is quite obvious that he was approached by Saudi Arabia Tourism to make him the face of the ‘Visit Saudi’ campaign. The report also hints that the same role was previously offered to Lionel Messi as well. But the Argentine had also turned down the offer just like his contemporary.
The plan was to use Ronaldo in their commercials while the player would have been paid the annual remuneration, and all the expenses of his visit to Saudi would have been borne by the country. Saudi could have also used the 5-time Ballon D’or winner to attract major sporting events. The nation was the host for the Italian super cup for two consecutive years from 2018. Apparently, they have a good relationship with the Serie-A board and the Turin club, which could be the reason behind offering him the role. However, news reports also suggest that Ronaldo has rejected the offer in light of recent criticisms by Amnesty International on Saudi Arabia for human rights violations.