Cristiano Ronaldo's Club, Al Nassr, Banned from Recruiting Players due to Debt to Leicester City

Cristiano Ronaldo's Club
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FIFA has imposed a penalty on Al Nassr, the club currently reinforced by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Saudi Arabian Pro League team is prohibited from registering new players, both domestic and international.

This sanction comes as a result of Al Nassr's failure to fulfill its obligations to Leicester City. Despite making a lavish acquisition of the megastar CR7, it turns out that Al Nassr still owes a debt to the English Premier League club, Leicester City.

Prominent sports journalist Ben Jacobs explained through his Twitter account that Al Nassr failed to pay the add-ons debt to Leicester City for the purchase of Ahmed Musa in 2018. The Nigerian player was brought in for £14 million.

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However, in addition to that, Al Nassr promised additional payments in the form of add-ons amounting to £390,000. Unfortunately, Al Nassr never paid it, and Musa eventually left and is now playing for Sivasspor.

"Al-Nassr is prohibited by FIFA from registering new players due to their failure to pay the add-ons debt, which was part of the purchase of Ahmed Musa from Leicester City," wrote Jacobs.

"Between 2018-20, Musa's appearance value reached £390,000, and it has not been paid even though the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled in favor of #LCFC in this case," he revealed.

Ahmed Musa's Stint at Al Nassr from 2018-2020

As reported by Sportbible, Al Nassr did utilize Musa's services during the 2018-2020 seasons. During that time, he played 62 matches and scored 14 goals. Musa also contributed to Al Nassr winning the Saudi Arabian Pro League title in the 2018/19 season.

In 2021, FIFA instructed Al Nassr to settle its outstanding payment to Leicester City. This decision was also supported by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). At that time, Al Nassr was ordered to fulfill the remaining obligations agreed upon in the contract, or else face transfer sanctions.

Al Nassr's Dispute with Brazilian Player Petros

Al Nassr has yet to comply with these requirements. As a result, FIFA has imposed a three-transfer-window ban on player recruitment. This punishment can be suspended if the club agrees to settle the debt.

With the new investment from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, Al Nassr hopes that a new management and financial structure will prevent them from facing such risks in the future.

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Last November, Al Nassr also had to pay $2.5 million to Brazilian midfielder Petros due to a contractual dispute that was terminated prematurely.

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