Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of Portugal, has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, the club revealed on Friday. Ronaldo left Manchester United to pursue other opportunities.
Having followed an explosive televised interview where the 37-year-old player claimed to feel intimidated by the organization and to have no regard for their Dutch boss Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo left Old Trafford last November.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will return on a term through 2025, according to a statement from Al Nassr, but no financial information was provided. The media has projected that Ronaldo’s deal is worth over 200 million euros ($214.04 million), making it the highest remuneration in football history.
What Cristiano Ronaldo Has To Say
Ronaldo added in the statement that he feels lucky to have achieved what he set out to achieve in European football and that this would be the ideal time to talk about his experiences in Asia. Additionally, he is eager to work with his fellow players and support the Club’s success as a team.
After a dazzling tenure at Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid from 2009 to 2018, in which he won three Club World Cups, four Champions League crowns, two Spanish Cups, and two LaLiga titles Ronaldo will come to Saudi Arabia with a beautiful set of club honors.
He ended up scoring 451 goals for Real, a league record, and he has more than 800 senior goals for the country and club total.
Ronaldo’s Journey and Success
In his 3 years with Juventus, Ronaldo won two Serie A championships and a Copa Italia trophy before returning to Manchester United, where he had already won three Premier League championships, the Club World Cup, the Champions League, two League Cups, and, the FA Cup.
He represented Portugal in Qatar, where he made a penalty kick against Ghana in their opening Group H match becoming the first player to score in 5 World Cups. Morocco eliminated Portugal from the tournament in the quarterfinals.
As he wanted to retire at age 40, Ronaldo stated that Qatar would likely be his final World Cup. A relocation to Saudi Arabia is likely to be the final chapter in the profession of one of the biggest footballers on the planet right now, Lionel Messi.