8 most outlandish unveilings ever as Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Al-Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be unveiled as an Al-Nassr player after his shock move to Saudi Arabia was completed last week.

The 37-year-old has jetted in to the Middle Eastern country and will be presented at Mrsool Park this afternoon (January 3) during an open training session. There will no doubt be no expense spared considering he's just signed a two-and-a-half year deal with a yearly salary of £177million.

And it could well become one of the most memorable signing unveilings ever. He does face stiff competition in that department – with Daily Star Sport taking a look back at the weird and wacky through the years.

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Santi Cazorla

Where else to start but with Santi Carzola's absolutely crazy Villarreal unveiling. The La Liga club took inspiration from his "little magician" nickname by using an actual magician who conjured him up from thin air.

An empty container was filled with smoke before Carzola appeared, seemingly from nowhere, and was released. It was just a shame that only 1,000 or so people got to witness it in the flesh.

What's your favourite football unveiling of all-time? Let us know in the comments section.

Paulo Dybala

While Cazorla could have done with more people at his unveiling, there wasn't any extra room when Roma welcomed new signing Paulo Dybala last summer.

An estimated crowd of 8,000 fans flocked to the Palace of Italian Civilisation in the capital, which almost reduced Dybala to tears as he thanked them for their support.

Bryan Robson

Middlesbrough were faced with the task of unveiling Bryan Robson as both their new manager and player when he took on the dual role in 1994.

The solution they decided upon was to have Robson wear his suit on his top half and his kit on his bottom half, which made for hilarious pictures.

Brian Deane

The most common prop which accompanies an unveiling photo is a piece of club merchandise, be it the traditional scarf above the head or the shirt hold to the side.

A pair of revolvers, however, is not what you expect to see. But for one reason or another, Leeds United handed them to new striker Brian Deane, who unfortunately failed to be a sharp shooter for them.

Diego Maradona

Naturally, the best receptions are reserved for the best players – and Diego Maradona's Napoli unveiling was some spectacle. A mega 75,000 fans attended his presentation at the Stadio San Paolo, which is now named after the late legend.

There was also a heated moment during the press conference as Maradona was asked about the Camorra mafia group by a reporter who was subsequently kicked out by Napoli president Corrado Ferlaino.

Paolo Di Canio

There's a fine line between embracing culture and reinforcing stereotypes and Sheffield Wednesday probably crossed it when they announced the star signing of Paolo Di Canio.

They had the Italian pretend to munch on a shop-bought pizza, which hadn't been cooked, alongside fellow countryman and new team-mate Benti Carbone.

Jesus Navas

The rise of social media has seen player unveilings mostly move from in person to on the internet, which has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

Perhaps the wackiest of them all to date is Sevilla's decision to have Jesus Navas fake kidnapped in his announcement video, which he thankfully emerged unscathed from.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo should have no nerves arriving in Saudi Arabia – because his Real Madrid unveiling was as big as an occasion as you can get.

The Santiago Bernabeu was full to the rafters with 80,000 Los Blancos supporters wanting to get a glimpse of their £80m arrival, who exclaimed: “This is incredible. Is there going to be a match or not?”


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