Rio Ferdinand believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s criticism over his move to Saudi Arabia is hypocritical, drawing parallels with other Premier League greats who have moved to developing football nations.
Ronaldo’s transfer to Al-Nassr was announced on Friday, just over five weeks after his contract with United was mutually terminated following his interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo will reportedly earn more than £3 million per week in Saudi Arabia, effectively signaling the end of his top-level career.
Speaking on the Vibe with FIVE podcast, the ex-defender said:
“It was great to see David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, it was great to see them go to America”.
“What a way to finish their careers, getting great money, going to a league that’s not as competitive, they’ve deserved that, they’ve earned the right”.
“That’s all I saw in the media. But because it’s Saudi Arabia, it’s a disgrace, it’s sad. Let a man go and live, let a man go and enjoy it. It’s a new adventure. He’s taking his family to experience a new culture.”