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Updated December 25th, 2023 at 13:41 IST

'We would have won the EPL': Frank Warren teases potential Premier League move for Cristiano Ronaldo

Frank Warren made a lighthearted joke about Cristiano Ronaldo potentially signing for a Premier League club during a Riyadh event.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Frank Warren and Cristiano Ronaldo
Frank Warren and Cristiano Ronaldo | Image:X/screengrab
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At 38 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo is not showing any signs of slowing down. In February 2024, he will be 39. The Portuguese icon, who on Friday aided Al-Nassr in defeating Steven Gerrard's Al-Ettifaq in a Saudi Pro League game, is still hungry to compete at the highest level. Ronaldo showed off his skills by scoring one and providing an assist as Al-Nassr defeated Al-Ettifaq 3-1. He was also present at Anthony Joshua's boxing battle against Otto Wallin on Sunday.

3 things you need to know 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer of the Saudi Pro League
  • Ronaldo was present with many sporting greats during the boxing event in Riyadh
  • Anthony Joshua defeated Otto Wallin via TKO in the fifth round

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Frank Warren wants Cristiano Ronaldo to sign for Arsenal

During an event on Saturday night, British boxing manager and promoter Frank Warren made a joking remark on Cristiano Ronaldo's possible transfer to Premier League powerhouse Arsenal. Warren said the amusing thing while seated next to the former Manchester United player. Warren was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the Day of Reckoning card.

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Although the details of Warren's remark were not disclosed in the material given, it caused Ronaldo to giggle and brought some humour to the discussion. The tone of the remark implies that it was probably a lighthearted allusion to the possibility of Ronaldo moving to Arsenal, a move that isn't being seriously entertained right now. According to SportBible, Frank Warren said:

“He's [Cristiano] signing for Arsenal!”

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Why does Cristiano Ronaldo love combat sports?

Since moving to the Middle East, Cristiano Ronaldo has frequently attended boxing and UFC events. The former Real Madrid forward has publicly stated his sincere interest in both sports, despite some stories implying that his attendance at these tournaments is required by contract. Ronaldo expressed his passion for boxing and the UFC in a 2020 statement, giving insight into his desire outside of any contractual commitments. Cristiano Ronaldo said:

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"Playing football is my passion, but I prefer watching other sports on TV. Between watching a football match or a boxing or UFC fight, I choose boxing or UFC. When I was at Manchester United, a coach boxed with me, I think practicing boxing is useful for football because it sharpens your senses and you learn to move."

Despite a fairly disappointing start to the Saudi Pro League this season Al-Nassr, is presently second in the rankings. They are ten points behind league leaders Al-Hilal. However, Al-Nassr has a game in hand on Al-Hilal, giving them the ability to close the point difference and maybe change their place in the league rankings. CR7 and team will face Al-Ittihad on Tuesday in the SPL.

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Published December 25th, 2023 at 13:41 IST

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