'Cristiano Ronaldo does not want me in Saudi Arabia’ says Juan Cuadrado

Juan Cuadrado and Ronaldo during their playing days at Juventus

'Cristiano Ronaldo does not want me in Saudi Arabia’ says Juan Cuadrado

Stephen Oladehinde 16:13 - 09.07.2023

Juventus right wing-back Juan Cuadrado thinks Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't want him in Saudi Arabia, thus he has ruled out moving there.

The 35-year-old, who won nine major trophies in Turin and made over 300 appearances, is currently a free agent after failing to reach an agreement on a new deal.

Ronaldo and Cuadrado won two Serie A titles while they were teammates at Juventus for three seasons.

Their closeness during their Juventus days has sparked rumours of a possible reunion but the Colombian has ruled out a move to Saudi Arabia.

Juan Cuadrado in action for Juventus
Juan Cuadrado in action for Juventus

Cuadrado reveals why he won’t move to Saudi

The Colombian star has revealed the reason why he rejected a move to join former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia when asked in an interview.

When asked about joining the Saudi Pro League, Cuadrado told AS as reported by Daily Mail, “At this moment, I still have the passion and I like to compete. Besides, Ronaldo is down there and he doesn't want me.

“I am very relaxed, thinking of what is best, asking God for help with these decisions. My agent Andrey Martinez was in Europe and has just arrived to talk to me about various situations. Obviously, there are options and we'll analyse which is the best.”

Cuadrado hope to leave a legacy in Italy

Cuadrado was reflective about his time spent in Italy and the legacy he wished to leave after leaving Juventus.

Still speaking, Cuadrado said, “I can only thank God for having eight years playing at that level. I dreamed of it but didn't think it would be like that, spending so long there.

“I hope that in future Colombians who go to the likes of Juventus and Milan can leave this kind of legacy too. It fills me with pride.”

Cuadrado won't be playing in the Saudi League, although a number of notable players from the world of European football have switched this summer.