Greenwood 'fears he can't join a Saudi club due to Ronaldo feud'

Mason Greenwood ‘fears he will be unable to join a club in Saudi Arabia due to a feud with Cristiano Ronaldo’ after he described the Al-Nassr star’s career as ‘DEAD’ when he was in Man United’s academy

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Mason Greenwood reportedly fears he has no chance of resurrecting his career in Saudi Arabia due to an ongoing feud with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 21-year-old is looking for a new club following news on Monday that he would leave Manchester United after they conducted an internal investigation into his future.

Greenwood, who was arrested in January 2022 on suspicion of a number of offences including attempted rape, will not play for United again and is likely to depart on loan or see his contract settled. The Crown Prosecution Service subsequently dropped the charges in February of this year after key witnesses withdrew and new material came to light.

But Greenwood has not played for United, who launched their own probe, since his arrest. That investigation went on for five months after which United found Greenwood did not commit the offences which he was charged with but have also concluded it would be best for all if his future was away from Old Trafford.

And, according to The Sun, Greenwood – who has been linked with clubs in Saudi Arabia – believes that avenue may not be possible after a comment he made about Ronaldo when he was younger.

Mason Greenwood is looking for a new club after it was announced he would leave Man United 

But, he fears he will be unable to move to Saudi Arabia due to a feud with Cristiano Ronaldo

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While the Portuguese superstar was playing for Real Madrid – where he won numerous honours and highlighted his status as one of the greatest players of all-time – Greenwood was reported to have openly said Ronaldo’s career was ‘dead’ – slang for ‘finished’ – when referencing the 38-year-old’s perceived decline.

He received a telling off from United chiefs at the time who felt it demonstrated a lack of maturity on his behalf.

The comment emerged in March this year, with the pair having previously spent a spell together as team-mates when Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford for a second time in 2021.

However, the report went onto say how when the forward was informed of Greenwood’s comments, he was infuriated, and urged Saudi League chiefs to never make a move for the Englishman.

One source told The Sun: ‘Ronaldo isn’t known for his thick skin. 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 was the first major name to move to the Saudi Pro League when he joined Al-Nassr at the end of last year and is reportedly hugely influential in the kingdom, meaning his anti-Greenwood sentiment is therefore likely to have a large impact on the situation.

The source added: ‘Ronaldo is treated as royalty in Saudi and what he says goes.

Ronaldo became the first global star to move to Saudi Arabia when he joined Al-Nassr last year

Greenwood was said to have described Ronaldo’s career as ‘dead’ in a comment that infuriated the Portuguese star, who could stop Saudi bosses from making a move for the 21-year-old

‘He would have enough influence there to kibosh clubs from signing Greenwood if he wanted to.’

The report also stated Saudi league bosses are wary of making a move for Greenwood anyway given the kingdom already suffers from bad PR.

Meanwhile, Mail Sport revealed on Monday night how clubs from Turkey and Italy have contacted United over Greenwood, although Roma – managed by former Red Devils boss Mourinho – distanced themselves after being linked to the 21-year-old.

Al-Ettifaq boss Steven Gerrard also insisted he doesn’t want to sign Greenwood and dismissed rumours linking the forward to his side as ‘fake news’.


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