The value of a superstar’s name is a criterion for determining whether or not a movie will be successful. Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al Nasr), who competed with Lionel Messi (36, Paris Saint-Germain) for the best of his time, is also making excitement throughout Asia.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is also expecting the Ronaldo effect.
On the 4th, AFC commemorated Ronaldo’s joining of Al Nasr and shed light on the cases of 10 heavyweight players who led Asian box office success in the past.
As Asia’s first big name, Zico, the ‘White Pele’ of Brazil, cannot be left out. Zico joined Sumimoto Metal (now Kashima Antlers) in 1991 when Japan was promoting a professional conversion, and with the launch of the J-League in 1993, it served as a catalyst for box office success.
In addition to Zico, as a Brazilian star, Rivaldo and Hulk played in Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor (2008-2010) and Shanghai, China (2016-2020), respectively. While Rivaldo set foot in Asia after his mid-thirties, it was different for Hulk to leave Europe and come to Asia in his early thirties, when he was in his heyday.
Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, who led the Spanish 안전놀이터 Armada, also chose Asia as their final stage. Hernández left Spain’s Barcelona in 2015 and took over as manager with his retirement after wearing the Qatari Al Sadd uniform. Iniesta has been playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan since 2018.
The last stop of Italian fantasy star Alessandro Del Piero was Asia. The eternal idol of Juventus in Italy, he joined Sydney FC in Australia in 2012 and spent two seasons before retiring from Indian Super League Delhi Daimos, which was launched in 2014. At this time, Delhi’s player and manager was another Brazilian hero, Roberto Carlos.
Argentinian Gabriel Batistuta joined Al-Arabi in 2003 with the launch of the Qatar Q-League and retired in 2005. Fabio Cannavaro, a rare defender who won the Ballon d’Or, also retired from Al-Ahli in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2011. Liberia’s President George Weah, the first non-European to win the Ballon d’Or, also performed at Al Jazeera in the UAE.