Cristiano Ronaldo has officially joined Al-Nassr as he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club. The Portuguese footballer will play for the Saudi Arabian side on January 1, 2023 Marca reports
The striker ended his relationship with Manchester United just days before the World Cup in Qatar, making him free to negotiate with any team.
Despite claims that clubs in the Champions League would be lining up to sign him, Al-Nassr was the one who showed the more interest from the beginning. Cristiano had hoped to remain in Europe’s top club competition.
In addition to the significant signing-on fee (just under 100 million euros), the contract includes financial incentives through advertising, making the Portuguese the highest-paid sportsman in the world.
The contract between CR7 and Al-Nassr is valued close to 200 million euros per season
Lionel Messi and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain currently lead the way, but the 75 and 70 million euros that they earn per season fall far short of what Cristiano Ronaldo will receive in Saudi Arabia. Even going through the list of the highest-paid athletes in the United States, they all fall far short of the money promised to the Portuguese.
Cristiano Ronaldo will find himself in a team that is looking to regain its lost dominance in its competition, which is a long way off the world’s elite.
The step backwards he is taking in sporting terms is evident, but his own level has declined a lot in recent seasons and he is even being criticised in Portugal.
At Al Nassr, he will be coached by the Frenchman Rudi Garcia and will be partnered by Alvaro Gonzalez. The central defender arrived in Saudi soccer last summer after finishing his time in France.
The presence of David Ospina also stands out. The Colombian goalkeeper finished his contract with Napoli and decided to accept the Saudi Arabian proposal last summer.
Ronaldo’s new employers Al-Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, having won the country’s top flight nine times, the most recent title being in 2019.
After eight games this season, they are currently second in the Saudi Pro League. They’ve won six of those games, scoring 18 goals and conceding just three.