A week after Cristiano Ronaldo parted ways with his boyhood club Manchester United, a Saudi Arabian club have offered the talismanic footballer a lucrative deal. According to a report from CBS SportsThe Portugal captain has been given a three-year, $225 million contract to play for Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
That deal will net Ronaldo a whopping $75 million in his 30s.
Ronaldo, who has participated in five World Cups, has been under Al Nassr’s radar for quite some time and now that the Portuguese has no club, interest in him is “stronger than ever”.
The report also mentions that the two parties have had discussions about this early, and if they both agree, the completion of the contract would not take long.
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Al Nassr is one of the strongest football units in Asia, having won nine league titles.
Ronaldo and Manchester United parted ways on a rather cold note, a development that took place after the player’s explosive interview with British journalist Piers Morgan. He is currently taking part in national duties at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.
Ronaldo had criticized the club and current manager Erik ten Hag in the interview, where he accused some officials of forcing him out of the club. He had also stated that he has no respect for the manager and revealed how he came close to joining local rivals Manchester City in the summer of 2021.
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Ronaldo also set a new World Cup record last week during Portugal’s opener against Ghana, which the European team won 3-2. He became the first player to score goals in five separate World Cups, after converting a penalty against Ghana at the 974 Stadium in Qatar. They will now face Uruguay, which is scheduled to be played at midnight (12:30am IST, Tuesday) at Lusail Stadium.