Vincent Aboubakar has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo tried to persuade him to stay at Al Nassr, following the Portuguese star’s arrival.
The Cameroon captain, who had six months left on his contract with the Saudi club, was sacrificed to allow the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to sign.
Since then, Aboubakar has signed for Turkish side Besiktas by signing a two-and-a-half year deal in January, despite interest from Manchester United, and Ronaldo’s best attempts to stop him leaving.
“We talked a bit and his [Cristiano’s] opinion was that he wanted me to stay – I told him no, that I will leave for family reasons,” Aboubakar told Talents d’Afrique on Canal+.
“He asked me where my family was, I told him they are in France and so I prefer to go to Turkey, it’s closer.
“And he told me ‘it’s better, if your family is really far away, it’s more complicated’. I was firm, I wanted to leave.”
Aboubakar, who netted twice at the 2022 World Cup, joined Al-Nassr in July 2021 from Besiktas.
Despite scoring 13 goals and providing six assists in 39 appearances for the Riyadh-based side, the 31-year-old admitted it was only logical to depart following Ronaldo’s arrival.
“I left a little angry because it was not easy,” he added.
“When Cristiano arrived, [Al Nassr] coach Rudi Garcia called me into his office and told me that normally an international player has to leave, it’s either me or Jaloliddin Masharipov [from Uzbekistan], either me or Pity.
“I told him that I already wanted to leave before and, honestly, as Cristiano was coming, my playing time would be reduced and it was better for me to leave.
“I had offers, including one from Besiktas. They wanted me to stay until the end of the season. I said ‘no honestly president I prefer to leave’.
“It was a bit complicated but finally they let me go.”
Aboubakar finished as top scorer at the African Cup of Nations in February 2022, netted against Serbia and Brazil at the World Cup, and has a total of 39 goals in 95 appearances for Cameroon to date.
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