Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr after leaving Manchester United after a mutual contract termination took place between the player and the club.
Al-Nassr, who plays in the top-flight Saudi league, confirmed Ronaldo’s signing in a statement on Saturday and said the 37-year-old penned a 2 and half year contract that would keep him with the side until the summer of 2025.
Ronaldo joins Al-Nassr
While Al-Nassr did not disclose the financial deal, news agency Reuters said that reports suggested Ronaldo’s contract is worth “over 200 million euros (USD 214.04 million)”. Ronaldo’s joining will only bolster the Saudi Arabian club, which is looking to add to its nine Saudi Pro League titles. Al Nassr, who last won the league title in 2019, will also be hoping to win the AFC Champions League for the first time.
Ronaldo hinted he would continue playing for Portugal despite the early exit at the World Cup in Qatar. Ronaldo, 37, is unlikely to stay on and play international football until the next World Cup in 2026. Notably, Ronaldo was benched for Portugal’s knockout matches by Fernando Santos, who quit after their quarter-final exit.
“I am fortunate that I have won everything I set out to win in European football and feel now that this is the right moment to share my experience in Asia,” Ronaldo said, as quoted by Al-Nassr.
Ronaldo won 3 Premier League titles with Manchester United and the Champions League along with FA Cup, two League Cups during his first stint with the Old Trafford side. Ronaldo rejoined Manchester United amid much fanfare and expectations in 2021. However, his relationship with Erik Ten Hag soured and an exit looked inevitable. Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan just before the World Cup followed by the end of his association with the Premier League giants.
Ronaldo then had a stunning spell at Spanish club Real Madrid from 2009-18 where he won 2 La Liga titles, 2 Spanish Cups, 4 Champions League titles, and 3 Club World Cups. He scored a club record 451 times for Real and has more than 800 senior goals overall for club and country. Ronaldo claimed two Serie A titles and a Copa Italia trophy in 3 years at Juventus. Now, the chapter of Ronaldo continues at Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.