CRISTIANO RONALDO’S Al-Nassr debut is one step closer after the Saudi club ripped up Vincent Aboubakar’s contract.
Saudi league rules dictate that clubs can only register eight foreign players in their respective squads.
Prior to Ronaldo’s stunning arrival, Al-Nassr already possessed eight non-Saudi players – meaning that one was going to have to leave.
According to RMC Sport, Aboubakar’s contract was terminated by mutual consent – with the Cameroonian being compensated and now a free agent.
His departure means that Ronaldo can be registered to play for his new side.
But the 37-year-old must first serve the ban he received for knocking a mobile phone out of a 14-year-old’s hands last November.
Ronaldo will remain banned for his new team’s trip to Al-Shabab next Saturday, before becoming eligible to make his debut in the January 22 home clash with Ettifaq.
The forward has begun training with his new side, donning his new Al-Nassr gear as he hit the gym.
Aboubakar, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to replace Ronaldo at Old Trafford.
United chiefs are keen to recruit a striker in January, but don’t have a big budget to do so amid uncertainty regarding the Glazers’ future as owners.
Aboubakar’s availability as a free agent could attract a swoop from the Red Devils.
The 30-year-old bagged 13 goals in 39 games for Al-Nassr.
He previously represented Porto, Besiktas, Lorient and Valenciennes.
Erik ten Hag’s side have also been linked with their manager’s compatriot Wout Weghorst.