Cristiano Ronaldo’s first home in Saudi Arabia

Ronaldo will help Al-Nassr FC, whose administrators and supporters are already wet with joy. History in the Making, her Twitter account crowed. “This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to even greater success, but will also inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls, to be the best version of themselves.” There is something sickly about such praise: it projects a fantasy brand of equality, a deception backed by cash. And there’s plenty of that. Ronaldo is there to add plenty of cotton candy to the kingdom’s broader agenda, which includes sports such as golf, boxing, tennis and Formula 1.