Shijal ChudasamaJanuary 4, 2023

Ronaldo confuses Saudi Arabia and South Africa following the Al Nassr move.

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Football star Ronaldo embarrassed himself by mispronouncing the name of his new host nation during his first news appearance in Saudi Arabia after his multi-million dollar move to join Al Nassr.

In front of a backdrop that proudly said "Saudi welcome to Arabia," he added in a serious voice, "Coming to South Africa is not the end of my career."

Although that was definitely a typo, it hasn't stopped some South African football fans from fantasizing about one of the most well-known athletes in the world playing for their home side.

The move would have been fantastic, but @NalaThokozane couldn't help but poke fun at it by remarking, "Our league also includes spaces for part-time players."

The Moses Mabhida stadium, which was built in the beachfront city of Durban for the 2010 World Cup, is still Ronaldo's goal, according to the South African Tourism Board.

As its football editor Jonty Mark noted, "Saudi Arabia and South Africa may have the same initial at the start of each part of their respective names, but it is still more than a little bizarre that Ronaldo couldn't pick the right country in his first presser." South Africa's Phakaaathi news site called it a "stunning blooper."

However, as noted by tweeter @NVMakhanye: "You may make €200 million without knowing the name of the nation. Anyway, Ronaldo, welcome to South Africa."

The majority of Arab Twitter users likewise didn't catch his mistake, as noted by @alasiri 555's Arabic comment: "Nothing wrong with it." Everyone makes errors.

The majority of tweets, according to BBC Arabic producer Ahmed Rouaba, have been about football, with Al Nassr supporters wanting him to win matches for them - and boost the club and nation.

Al Nassr tweeted, "Everyone is delighted today," appearing unconcerned.

In case anyone thought Ronaldo was actually in South Africa, it also published a video of him arriving in Saudi Arabia:

As for Ronaldo, he is looking forward to his new life in the oil-rich kingdom.

"In Europe, my work is done. I've won everything. I've played in the most important clubs in Europe. And now for me is a new challenge," he said.

Ronaldo mixes up South Africa and Saudi Arabia after Al Nassr move
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