Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Al-Nassr has already pushed the club to make major changes as Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar was officially releas ed by the Riyad-based club. Al-Nassr had to release the 30-year-old as they exceeded the limit for non-Saudi Arabi and players in their first-team squad after bringing in Ronaldo as a free agent. Hence the club couldn’t register the Portuguese forward until one of their seven current foreign players left the club.
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A source from the club addressed Aboubakar’s contract termination and stated that both parties had mutual consent to part ways. As a consequence of the decision, Ronaldo was registered before Al Nassr’s game against Al Ta’ee on Friday.
“Al Nassr terminated Vincent Aboubakar’s contract by mutual consent and he received all his financial rights. So now he served one game from the ban and will serve the other one against Al Shabab” on January 14,” the source was quoted saying by Sportstar.
Along with the non-Saudi Arabian players' rule, Aboubakar’s exit could be attributed to the countless rumors stating that Ronaldo’s previous club, Manchester United were eyeing to bring the 30-year-old in the January window. According to Saudi Arabian news outlet OKAZ, the Red Devils and Turkish giants Fenerbahce are nearing an agreement for a deal to sign Aboubakar on loan.
Aboubakar has been an Al-Nassr player for the last 18 months and has scored 13 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions, including four in 12 games so far this season. The 30-year-old also led Cameroon at the 2022 World Cup and top-scored for the team with two goals. The former Porto forwards scored a memorable goal in a surprise 1-0 group-stage win over Brazil.
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