Transfer Troubles: Ronaldo’s Al Nassr Hit by FIFA Ban!


Transfer Troubles: Ronaldo’s Al Nassr Hit by FIFA Ban!

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Al Nassr, the Saudi Pro League club that made headlines with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has been hit with a major blow as FIFA bans them from registering new players. This consequence came due to Al Nassr’s failure to pay owed add-ons to Leicester City for the transfer of Ahmed Musa, a Nigerian striker.

The three-transfer-window ban has raised concerns about the future of the club’s transfer activities. This article delves into the details of the ban and its implications for Al Nassr.

Background on Al Nassr’s Recent Signings

Al Nassr has been at the forefront of the Saudi takeover of football, attracting several high-profile players to the Middle East. Al Nassr’s recent acquisition of Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan added to their star-studded roster. However, the ban on registering new players could halt their transfer activities for the foreseeable future.

Al-Nassr failed to comply with the ruling resulting in the registration ban. Sources indicate it will be lifted in a matter of weeks providing Al-Nassr now make the payment promptly, which they have indicated they will.

— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) July 12, 2023


The FIFA Ban and its Origin

FIFA’s ban on Al Nassr comes from the club’s failure to pay Leicester City £390,000 in add-ons as part of the £14 million deal for Ahmed Musa. Musa’s stint with Leicester was underwhelming, with just five goals to his name. However, his performance significantly improved after joining Al Nassr, where he scored 14 goals in 62 games, helping the club secure the league title in the 2018/19 season.

In 2021, FIFA initially ruled in favor of Leicester City and ordered Al Nassr to fulfill their financial obligations. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) subsequently supported the ruling, warning Al Nassr of a transfer ban if they failed to comply.

Al Nassr’s Failure to Comply

Despite the warnings and rulings, Al Nassr did not fulfill their payment obligations to Leicester City. Consequently, FIFA has imposed the transfer ban on the club for three transfer windows and this ban prohibits Al Nassr from registering any new players, both domestically and internationally. The suspension is expected to be lifted once the outstanding payment is made, which Al Nassr has pledged to do promptly.

Al Nassr’s Financial Outlook and Future

Al Nassr remains optimistic about their financial prospects and aims to prevent similar issues from recurring in the future. With substantial investment from the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund and the implementation of a new structure, the club hopes to enhance its financial stability.

The management is confident that these measures will prevent future problems and sanctions. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that similar cases of non-compliance with payment obligations have been prevalent in the Saudi Pro League, highlighting the need for stricter financial controls.

Impact on Al Nassr’s Transfer Plans

The transfer ban poses a significant challenge to Al Nassr’s plans for strengthening their squad. Marcelo Brozovic’s signing from Inter Milan was completed just before the FIFA ruling, allowing him to join the team. However, potential transfers for players like Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid and William Carvalho from Real Betis will have to wait until Al Nassr fulfills the CAS ruling and resolves the payment dispute.


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