Breaking: Cristiano Ronaldo joins Al Nassr on record-breaking deal
CR7 starts a new chapter in his career by joining the Saudi Arabian side.
Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Al Nassr on a contract until 2025.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Manchester United after an explosive interview in November.
After weeks of speculation over Ronaldo’s next club, Al Nassr confirmed they reached an agreement to sign CR7 on Friday.
The 37-year-old joins the Saudi Arabian club as a free agent as he becomes the highest-earning footballer in the world.
Widespread reports in English media claim Ronaldo will earn £175 million a year at his new club.
Al Nassr confirmed Ronaldo’s transfer with a tweet saying: “The world’s greatest athlete officially signed for Al-Nassr”.
The club’s official account latter added: “History in the making.
“This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves. Welcome Cristiano to your new home.”
Ronaldo’s decision to join Al Nassr practically ends his career at the top level. The former Real Madrid star was linked with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, and Bayern Munich after he informed United of his decision to leave the club in the summer.
He went on to reject Al Nassr’s initial offer a few months ago but eventually decided to continue his career at the Saudi club.
CR7’s arrival is a major boost for Saudi Arabia’s reported plan to host the 2030 World Cup alongside Egypt. Al Nassr are reportedly planning to announce Ronaldo as their ambassador after he ends his playing spell at the club.
Speaking to Al Nassr’s official website, Ronaldo said: “I’m thrilled for a new experience in a different league and a different country, the vision that Al Nassr has is very inspiring.
“I’m very excited to join my teammates, and to help the team to achieve more success”.