Al-Nassr, a football club in Saudi Arabia, has signed star forward Cristiano Ronaldo to a two-year contract.
According to ESPN, the team made the agreement official on Friday. The 37-year-annual old’s salary of $75 million will make him the most-paid footballer in history. Ronaldo was quoted by ESPN as saying, “I am delighted to experience a new football league in a different nation,” in a statement released by Al-Nassr upon the signing of the contract.
“Inspiring is Al Nassr’s plan to grow football for both sexes in Saudi Arabia. Recent results at the World Cup show that Saudi Arabia is a country with significant footballing aspirations and potential.”
“Because of my good fortune, I have accomplished all of my goals in European football, and I believe that the time is appropriate for me to share my knowledge and expertise with my fans in Asia. With the aid of my new teammates, I know we can take the Club to new heights.”
After Ronaldo’s controversial TV interview in which he criticized Manchester United, manager Erik Ten Hag, and club owners the Glazers family, both parties agreed to terminate Ronaldo’s contract with the club last month. Ronaldo has spoken out against the club, saying that he has “no respect” for boss Ten Hag.
The Portugal superstar was seen working on his own at Real Madrid’s facility earlier this month as he got ready to make a decision on his future. Despite becoming the only player to score in five World Cups, Ronaldo had a mixed 2022 FIFA World Cup. The No. 7 was suddenly substituted in during Portugal’s 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Morocco, effectively ending his World Cup hopes.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was reticent to discuss his future with the national team after the loss, saying only that he would “never turn my back on my friends and my country” and that he would “let time be a good adviser and allow everyone to draw their own conclusions.”
Manchester United manager Ten Hag stated earlier this month that the team was “looking to the future” since that Ronaldo was “gone and it’s the past” after Ronaldo’s departure.
The Al-Nassr team plays in the Saudi Pro League out of Riyadh. It has won as many league championships as any other team in the country’s premier division.
Musalli Almuammar, president of Al-Nassr, called the event “more than history in the making.”
This is a signing that will motivate not just our team to do better, but also our league, our country, and the youth of the world, both now and in the future.
“His influence extends well beyond the sport of football, as he is both a remarkable footballer and a remarkable human being. Cristiano is moving to a club with lofty goals, a club that is consistently ranked among Asia’s finest. He will also be welcomed to a country that is experiencing rapid economic growth and improving social conditions.”
“But first and foremost, we can’t wait to see him in the number 7 shirt of Al Nassr doing what he does best, scoring goals, winning trophies, and bringing joy to those who love the beautiful game,” the club Musalli said.