Cristiano Ronaldo Refuses to Promote Tourism in Saudi Arabia

Rabat – Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly rejected a $6 million annual deal to promote tourism in Saudi Arabia. The Telegraph announced the news, saying the football star rejected an offer that would see his image be used on promotional material for Saudi tourism. The deal also entailed having Cristiano Ronaldo visit the […] The post Cristiano Ronaldo Refuses to Promote Tourism in Saudi Arabia appeared first on Morocco World News.

Cristiano Ronaldo Refuses to Promote Tourism in Saudi Arabia

Rabat – Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly rejected a $6 million annual deal to promote tourism in Saudi Arabia.

The Telegraph announced the news, saying the football star rejected an offer that would see his image be used on promotional material for Saudi tourism.

The deal also entailed having Cristiano Ronaldo visit the Gulf country once a week.

The Telegraph reported that Saudi Arabia has also approached Barcelona’s legend Lionel Messi for the same deal. The Barcelona star’s position on the Saudi proposal is not yet known, the newspaper said.

The Saudi offer is in line with the country’s vision to strengthen tourism as part of its  2030 strategy

The vision’s goal is to boost the Saudi economy and improve the kingdom’s international image.

The Gulf country often receives criticism due to harsh sentences against activists and executions.

Activists and the international community also lashed out at Saudi Arabia after the murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

This is not the first time that Saudi Arabia has seen an offer be rejected by a celebrity. 

In 2019, renowned rapper Nicki Minaj cancelled her performance from the Jeddah Word Festival in Saudi Arabia

“After careful reflection, I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” she said

Nicki Mina said that the decision was due to her support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression, all of which Saudi Arabia is routinely criticized for .

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