Posts falsely claim Saudi club sacked player over refusal to give his jersey number 7 to Ronaldo

Published on 06/01/2023 at 12:55

Multiple social media posts have claimed that Saudi football club Al-Nassr fired one of their players, Jaloliddin Masharipov of Uzbekistan for refusing to give his jersey number to the team’s latest recruit, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. However, this is false: Masharipov had switched to jersey number 77 prior to Ronaldo’s arrival. While the Uzbek player may leave the team, a club representative said this would be due to Saudi football league regulations limiting the number of foreign players, and nothing to do with Ronaldo’s jersey.