Cristiano Ronaldo to be forced to attend 2023 Saudi Grand Prix

Saudi Arabia will host their third Grand Prix this weekend at the fan favourite Jeddah Circuit.

Editor’s note: Reports of Cristiano Ronaldo being forced to attend the 2023 Saudi Arabian GP have been dismissed by the footballer’s representatives.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is one of the best spectacles in Formula 1, with the night race under the lights providing dramatic entertainment.

The high-speed street circuit has already provided fans with two heart-racing events over the past two years, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen being the two drivers to take victory at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

With the event being one of the most expensive and high-profile on the race calendar, it is expected that many celebrities will be in attendance this weekend to watch the Grand Prix.

One of these celebrities is expected to be football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo but bizarrely, this may not be out of choice.

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The Portuguese legend signed for Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr FC over the winter, having fallen out of favour at Manchester United.

To entice the world football icon to a relatively uncompetitive league, Al-Nassr have given Cristiano Ronaldo an eye watering contract that will reportedly see him earn £173m per year.

The 38-year-old has also been given his own palace for him and his family to live in, including a shopping centre and sports complex.

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One of the most bizarre clauses in Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract does not relate to his football commitments however, with it now being reported that the ex-Real Madrid man will be required to attend the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The superstar may also be required to attend other events in the region, with Ronaldo and his son also being spotted at the recent boxing fight in Saudi Arabia between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury.

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Ronaldo is not completely new to Formula 1 however, with the Portuguese footballer having previously attended a Formula 1 race.

The 38-year-old was seen taking a photo with Lewis Hamilton at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix and two years ago he even visited the Ferrari headquarters at Maranello.

Whilst the clauses in Ronaldo’s contract have never been confirmed to the public, it is expected that one of the best footballers of all time will be in attendance this weekend for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.