The footballing world has been gripped by Cristiano Ronaldo finishing his sensational £175m-a-year transfer to Saudi facet Al-Nassr following his bitter Manchester United exit.
Despite receiving the warmest of welcomes in Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo introduced that he was completely happy to maneuver to South Africa at his official unveiling in the Middle East.
Video footage launched on social media reveals Ronaldo saying: ‘The soccer is completely different, so for me it is not the tip of my profession to return to South Africa. This is why I need to change, and to be trustworthy I’m actually not frightened about what folks say.’
But Ronaldo shall be happy to know he isn’t alone in relation to switch fake pas. Here, Sportsmail seems again at a number of the finest through the years.
Cristiano Ronaldo made a clumsy gaffe on his Al-Nassr unveiling after saying he was happy to maneuver to South Africa as an alternative of Saudi Arabia
Robinho thinks he has joined Chelsea after breaking switch file to hitch Manchester City
Back in 2008, Brazilian star Robinho had been determined to depart Real Madrid to hitch Chelsea.
However, the then-24-year-old as an alternative broke the British switch file when he signed for Manchester City for £32.5m.
Unfortunately for Robinho, he made a evident error when quizzed by journalists about his new membership.
‘On the final day of transfers, Chelsea made a very good supply for me personally, and good for Real Madrid, and it was accepted,’ he mentioned, earlier than somebody identified his gaffe.
‘Chelsea? No, Manchester. Sorry,’ he added.
Robinho holds his No 10 shirt alongside Man City boss on the time Mark Hughes
Martin Braithwaite and Theo Hernandez shockers at Nou Camp and Bernabeu unveilings
In 2020, Braithwaite accomplished a controversial emergency switch from Leganes after Barcelona triggered his £16m launch clause following permission by La Liga.
As is customized with Barcelona signings, Braithwaite was unveiled on the Nou Camp – however in unusual circumstances.
Due to the pandemic, the striker was pressured to carry out in the long-lasting stadium with none followers readily available to observe.
You would assume this may need eased his nerves, however sadly this wasn’t the case and the brand new signing didn’t impress, placing on a horrible try at displaying off his expertise.
Footage made its method onto social media displaying the then-28-year-old trying to roll the ball between each ft in alternating rhythm, earlier than seeking to try a ‘rainbow flick’ and chip it into the air.
But after two unsuccessful makes an attempt, the striker determined to surrender and easily dribbled round earlier than being ridiculed on social media.
Braithwate, I suppose you can say, was following in Theo Hernandez’s footsteps who had comparable success (or lack of) when he signed for Real Madrid in 2017.
The £20m signing felt the strain in entrance of a smattering of followers on the Bernabeu and will solely handle six keepy ups earlier than the ball hit the deck.
It’s truthful to say Hernandez has come a good distance since then, having achieved World Cup glory with France in 2018.
Where’s the badge gone? Kieran Trippier and Maxwell Cornet miss their new membership’s crests…by a ways!
One of the go-to poses when a brand new participant makes a transfer is to level to the badge as a present of ardour to the followers.
But sadly for Kieran Trippier and Maxwell Cornet, they each embarrassingly failed in discovering the place the badge was.
Last January, Trippier turned Newcastle’s first signing beneath their Saudi-backed homeowners in a £12m deal after a high quality spell at Atletico Madrid.
But followers were fast to note a blunder after Newcastle posted an image of their new addition pointing at his sleeve quite than the Toon crest.
He’s not the primary to do it although by any means. Just six months earlier, Burnley signed Ivory Coast worldwide Maxwel Cornet from Lyon.
But equally to Trippier, Cornet missed the Clarets’ crest throughout his signing pictures and located himself pointing to the Umbro badge on his new package.
Both Kieran Trippier and Maxwell Cornet failed to grasp that they were not pointing at their new membership’s crests
Everton spell Gerard Deulofeu’s title mistaken on the again of latest shirts on the market
It’s on no account a straightforward title to spell, however you’d have hoped Everton would have accomplished their due diligence earlier than attempting to flog shirts with their new signing’s title on the again.
Deulofeu, a product of the well-known La Masia academy, initially signed for the Toffees on mortgage from Barcelona in 2013.
It price Everton £4.2m to make the transfer everlasting – after he had one other mortgage spell at Sevilla – and he made a fantastic influence on his arrival in the Premier League together with his lightning pace off the mark tormenting defenders.
He was signed as one of the promising younger skills round, however for anybody desirous to parade his title on the again of their shirts, I hope they saved a receipt.
The embarrassing error noticed the incoming Everton star’s title spelled as ‘Deufoleu’ by mistake. At least they received the quantity proper!
Everton shirts are seen on show with Gerard Deulofeu’s title spelt incorrectly (proper)
Benteke claims he’s a Burnley participant on Twitter after signing for Crystal Palace
When the ex-Liverpool striker accomplished his transfer to Crystal Palace in a club-record deal price as much as £32m in 2016, he suffered considerably of a PR catastrophe.
His up to date Twitter profile featured photos of himself in a Palace shirt however the bio learn: ‘Burnleyl FC and Belgium nationwide group’. His location remained as Liverpool.
The then-25-year-old then modified the membership to CPFC, however not earlier than the error was mocked by a number of of his 350,000 followers.
Benteke quickly realised and apologised to his new fan base, tweeting: ‘Oops my unhealthy lol Yes I signed for cpfc and never burnley. Sorry for the little mistake the person who manages my Twitter received a bit confused’.
After signing for Crystal Palace, Christian Benteke by chance mentioned he was a Burnley participant on Twitter
Spurs flop Roberto Soldado fails to kick the ball into Villarreal crowd… TWICE
Roberto Soldado turned Spurs’ costliest signing when he moved to north London from Valencia for £26m in August 2013.
It’s truthful to say he did not have the very best spell at Tottenham, scoring simply 16 targets in 76 appearances over the course of his two seasons at White Hart Lane.
The Spanish striker returned dwelling in 2015 – this time to hitch Villarreal in the hope of resetting his profession nevertheless it received off to the worst doable begin.
During his unveiling, Soldado was tasked with kicking the ball into the small number of followers in the stands.
But it could not have gone worse, because the striker over-estimated the space and booted the ball over their heads, not as soon as however twice.