Cristiano Ronaldo signs $75 million-per-year deal with Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr

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Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, sources close to the club have told CBS Sports.

In a move that will effectively signal the end of his top-flight playing career but will ensure he is extremely well-rewarded as he nears retirement, Ronaldo has put pen to paper on a contract with the Riyadh club on Friday afternoon. The deal brings to an end a brief period of free agency for the 37-year-old, whose contract with Manchester United was terminated last month.

Sources with knowledge of the negotiations say Ronaldo has already completed the medicals required to sign his contract while a second set of tests is expected next week.

CBS Sports first revealed the $75 million-a-year offer in November, when Ronaldo was still assessing his options in Europe and beyond. No other serious suitors emerged and this week has seen the Portuguese complete the final terms of a contract that will see him make a significant impact at the Saudi club.

Al Nassr are expected to officially announce the deal after an away match on Saturday against Al Khaleej. The logistics behind Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia have long been decided by the club, including a home for the striker and his family in an affluent area near the training ground. Apart from the salary worth more than 1 million dollars per week, Ronaldo’s earnings can be more than doubled through the sale of his image rights. He is also expected to have a role in the Saudi bid for the 2030 World Cup.

At club level, Ronaldo’s authority will be huge, with one source joking that Al Nassr would become “Cristiano FC”. If the veteran striker wants a new coach, then he will have one. Recent events have proven that he’s not exactly shy when it comes to speaking his mind about management.

Ronaldo is coming off a disappointing World Cup where despite Portugal’s run to the quarter-finals, the superstar lost his starting job as the tournament entered the knockout stages. The tour coincided with the end of his second spell at Manchester United following his termination following an inflammatory interview in which he attacked club manager Erik ten Hag and others. Contact between Ronaldo and Al Nassr began in the summer, but the forward was still looking for a destination to ply his trade in Europe and keep him at the top of the game ahead of November’s World Cup in Qatar. With no offer available, he returned to United, where the difficult marriage quickly deteriorated, and now that the World Cup is over, he has taken Al Nassr up on their offer to begin the next phase of his career.



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