India football and Cristiano Ronaldo fanatics can have their dream finally come true if all things go according to plan. Ronaldo earlier this week completed a sensational move to the Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr for the most astonishing contract in the history of football.
CR7's contract is worth around 200 million euros per year which will make him the highest-paid footballer on the planet. This move is regarded as one of the historic ones for Asian football. The popularity of Asian football will surely skyrocket following this sensational move.
Over the last two decades, Ronaldo has entertained fans throughout Europe and no one saw this move coming a few months ago. When he and his former club Manchester United mutually terminated the footballer's contract – all the top bookmakers had the best odds of him making a move to another Champions League club. But destiny had something else in store.
Post FIFA World Cup 2022 & with his transfer to the Saudi Arabian club, the Portuguese skipper is now eligible to compete in the AFC Champions League, the region's top league Asian equivalent to the UEFA Champions League. And with this, there are chances that the superstar might visit India in the near future. However, it all depends on the favourable draw as well.
How Cristiano Ronaldo can play in India?
Al Nassr will automatically qualify for the AFC Champions League if they win the Saudi Pro League this season because they are currently top of the table and are looking favourites for the title after the addition of CR7. The winning team of the Indian Super League also qualifies for the AFC Champions League.
Al-Nassr have a chance to play an ISL team in the group stage because they are both in the same West Zone of the AFC. This means Indian fans can see CR7 playing in their nation.
In 2023–24, India will qualify directly for the AFC Champions League group stages through a playoff between the ISL League Winners' Shield champions of 2021–22 and 2022–23.
Jamshedpur FC has already won the former title and gained direct entry into the playoffs.
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