Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a nine-figure free-agent take care of Saudi Arabian membership Al Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo will proceed his skilled profession in Saudi Arabia.

Ronaldo’s long-rumored take care of Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr is now official. Ronaldo has been a free agent since parting methods with Manchester United days earlier than the World Cup. Ronaldo disparaged the membership in a tv interview the place he mentioned he had no respect for present Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag. That interview made it clear that it was untenable for Ronaldo to remain at United, however no different main European golf equipment had been competing to signal him after he turned a free agent.

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Ronaldo is by far the very best profile participant to play membership soccer within the Center East and that comes with a hefty payday. In keeping with soccer information Fabrizio Romano, Ronaldo will earn within the neighborhood of $213 million a yr together with endorsements.

The 37-year-old began for Portugal in the beginning of the 2022 World Cup however was benched for the group’s spherical of 16 conflict in opposition to Switzerland in favor of Gonçalo Ramos. Portugal scored six targets in Switzerland – it scored a mixed six targets in its three group stage matches – and Ronaldo was left on the bench for the quarter-final in opposition to Morocco.

Ronaldo got here on within the second half of the match however failed to attain as Morocco received 1-0. The match could have been the final worldwide match of Ronaldo’s profession as he left the pitch in tears. Ronaldo has lengthy been Portugal’s captain and is the nation’s all-time main goalscorer. Whereas it isn’t out of the query that he might proceed to play for Portugal, he shall be 39 earlier than Euro 2024 and may have spent the final two seasons enjoying soccer in opposition to lesser competitors.

Ronaldo’s transfer to a league for financial and non-competitive causes additionally comes as the controversy between him and Lionel Messi as the best trendy footballer appeared to finish for good with Messi and Argentina’s World Cup victory. Whereas Messi is 2 years youthful than Ronaldo, he’s reportedly set to proceed his keep at European giants PSG for an additional season and is extensively anticipated to make a transfer stateside to Main League Soccer sooner or later.

After scoring 84 targets in 196 video games throughout his first stint at Manchester United, Ronaldo made an enormous transfer to Actual Madrid in the summertime of 2009. He was the world’s finest striker throughout his time at Madrid, averaging over a aim a sport with the membership. He left Madrid for Juventus in 2018 and performed with the Italian giants for 3 seasons earlier than returning to Manchester United in the summertime of 2021 as Juventus seemed to scale back their wage invoice.

Ronaldo scored 19 targets in 40 video games in his second stint at United and whereas he scored the targets United desperately wanted within the 2021-22 season, his presence within the group was additionally a continuing supply of debate as United moved on from supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. and his time with the membership turned tumultuous with Ten Hag’s arrival.

After beginning on the bench in opposition to Tottenham final autumn, Ronaldo refused to enter the match as a sub and left the bench earlier than the match was over. He made simply 4 begins and scored one aim in EPL play this season.

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