Cristiano Ronaldo (37) has signed a contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr. The club itself confirmed this on Friday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a 2.5 year contract with the club and will play for Al-Nassr from January 1.
He got jersey number 7.
– I’m looking forward to new experiences in other leagues and other countries. I’m really looking forward, together with my team-mates, to helping the team to success, Ronaldo himself said after the transfer, according to football journalist Fabrizio Romano.
– The world’s greatest athlete has officially joined Al-Nassr, the club wrote in a press release.
Ronaldo has been linked with the club for a long time, and already on December 5 claimed Spain’s main newspaper Marca that the world star agreed with the club.
According to the Spanish newspaper, the total salary should be 200 million euros over the term of the contract, which is equivalent to more than two billion kroner.
America CBS sports also reported that Ronaldo earns $75 million a year with his new employer.
On November 22, it was confirmed that Ronaldo is finished at Manchester United after just over a year.
Al-Nassr is currently in second place in the Saudi Professional League. Two points behind league leader Al-Shabab. Tomorrow, the next match awaits, away to Al-Khaleej.
He finished at the club after he himself slaughtered Manchester United in an interview with TV profile Piers Morgan.
– I love Manchester United and I love the fans. That will never change. But it feels like this is the right time to look for a new challenge. “I wish the team success for the remainder of the season and in the future,” Ronaldo said in a statement in November after he finished with a major English club.
Ronaldo has also played for Sporting, Real Madrid and Juventus. He has won the Champions League and Ballon d’Or five times, apart from winning the EC with Portugal in 2016.
Many people have been highly critical of Cristiano Ronaldo’s choice to play in a country like Saudi Arabia, which has been roundly criticized for human rights abuses by Amnesty. Among them is VG-sport commentator Leif Welhaven.
On 6 December, when there was speculation that Ronaldo would be leaving for Al-Nassr, he wrote: “Messi is already the ambassador, while Ronaldo should be closing in on a multi-billion dollar deal. Saudi Arabia is becoming the big brother of sports laundering.”
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