Cristiano Ronaldo ‘agrees football’s biggest £173m-a-year deal with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr – and is close to signing’ after top European clubs shunned him after Man United’s exit
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed a bumper £172.9m-a-year deal with Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia.
The 37-year-old had his contract with Manchester United terminated earlier this month, following a tumultuous relationship with club bosses which only worsened when he made a number of controversial statements in a television interview with Piers Morgan.
The Portugal international was pushing to get away from Old Trafford this summer but didn’t get his wish as he was determined to play Champions League football.
The former Real Madrid star rejected a move to Saudi Arabia last summer, but with no firm interest from Europe’s elite clubs, he looks set to make the move.
Ronaldo has reportedly agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Al Nassr worth £172.9million a year which will see him play until the age of 40, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
Al-Nassr are one of Saudi Arabia’s most successful clubs, having been crowned winners of the country’s top flight nine times, with their last triumph coming in 2019.
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly agrees £172.9m-a-year deal with Saudi club Al Nassr
The same report also suggested that no club in Europe or MLS could afford to offer such a luxurious offer.
Chelsea have also cooled their interest in Ronaldo while Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich denied talks earlier this week since his explosive interview where he slammed United owner and manager Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo, however, remains focused on the World Cup in Qatar for now as he looks to help Portugal top their group when they face South Korea on Friday afternoon.
Ronaldo stays focused to help Portugal top their group at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
The striker became the first man in history to score at five different World Cups, opening the scoring from the penalty spot in a thrilling 3-2 win over Ghana.
He then thought he had equaled Eusebio’s record nine goals in the World Cup final for Portugal when they beat Uruguay 2-0 in their second group stage game.
The first goal instead went to his former Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes, denying him another record.
One he will be determined to break at the major tournament in Qatar as it could turn out to be his last World Cup.
The 37-year-old striker had his contract with Manchester United terminated earlier this month.