Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly signed a deal with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr worth more than 200 million euros on Friday, according to the club.
The 37-year-old signed a contract that would keep him on the team until June 2025.
On the Al Nassr Twitter page, a picture of the Portuguese star was posted carrying a blue and yellow shirt with his favorite number seven printed on it.
Al Nassr won the most recent Saudi Arabian League championship in 2019.
After a year in which he was cast loose by Manchester United and demoted to Portugal’s bench, Ronaldo is headed to the Gulf.
After the veteran attacker gave an angry TV interview in which he claimed to feel “betrayed” by the team and had no regard for coach Erik ten Hag, United cut ties with the Portuguese star.
While Ronaldo was competing for Portugal at the World Cup, United cancelled his contract.
When he converted a penalty in their victory over Ghana, Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to score in five international competitions.
But when Portugal destroyed Switzerland in their match in the round of 16, he was not included in the starting lineup.
He started on the bench for Portugal’s quarterfinal match against Morocco and left the competition in tears.
Ronaldo has consistently ranked among the highest-paid football players.
His pay at Juventus was reportedly 31 million euros, but the Turin club’s financial records are being looked into because they may have understated the amount of money given to players.
Despite taking a wage cut to rejoin United, he was still among the highest-paid players in Europe with reports placing his basic yearly income between 15 million and 28 million euros, before bonuses.
Ronaldo was linked to a number of Champions League contenders as his relationship with United deteriorated, including Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Napoli.
There were also rumors that he will join his old team Sporting in Lisbon. There have been rumors of a transfer to Inter Miami, a team controlled in part by former United teammate David Beckham. None of those agreements were completed.
United determined he was a costly luxury they no longer required because of his declining contribution and his rising, public unhappiness.
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For a very long time, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been vying for the honors of finest player and highest paid in football.
Despite the fact that Messi outperformed Ronaldo on the pitch by winning the World Cup, the Argentine’s earnings from Paris Saint-Germain pale in comparison to what the Portuguese star is supposedly about to collect in Riyadh.
Ronaldo has won league titles in Italy (2019, 2020) with Juventus, in Spain (2012, 2017) with Real Madrid, and in England (2007, 2008, 2009) with United in addition to five Champions League championships (2008, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018).
Along with becoming the top scorer in the Champions League, he also won the 2016 Euro with the Portuguese national team.