The Portuguese striker completed a record-breaking move to the Saudi outfit earlier this week having seen the remainder of his Red Devils’ contract terminated. The switch has been met with criticism – some supporters confused as to why Ronaldo has agreed a move to the country with a number of human rights’ concerns
Meanwhile, others have questioned the fact that he has signed the most lucrative contract in world football despite having already earned vast sums throughout his career. Ferdinand has claimed that others have done the same though – an array of former Premier League stars choosing to round off their careers in MLS instead of the Saudi Pro League.
Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE podcast, he 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, let them go, 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 sad, it’s a disgrace. 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.
“Let’s let them go to the States and have a swansong year and just toss it off. It stinks we’re not hearing this type of talk. It’s out of order.
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