Cristiano Ronaldo signs with Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia

One of the novels of the international soccer pass market had its final chapter before the end of the year. Cristiano Ronaldo already has a new club. after his noisy departure from Manchester United, In the midst of his participation with Portugal in the World Cup in Qatar, the Portuguese star is going to play in the Middle East. This Friday, his signing at Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia was made official.

The former Real Madrid goalscorer signs a lucrative link for two and a half seasons with the Saudi club (until 2025) and until 2030 as ambassador of the kingdom’s project to organize a World Cup. Precisely that of 2030, competing with the candidacy of South America (Argentina-Uruguay-Chile-Paraguay) and that of Europe (Spain-Portugal-Ukraine).

As detailed by the newspaper Marca, the total amount that Cristiano (37 years old) will receive It exceeds 200 million euros per season, which makes the striker the highest paid footballer in the world. The crack leaves Europe and elite football after 20 years, in an operation that involves stratospheric numbers. Perhaps the last big contract of his career, when it comes to money.

“I am excited for a new experience in a different league and a different country, the vision that Al Nassr has is very inspiring. I am very excited to join my teammates and help the team achieve more success”, stated Cristiano, in his first words as an Al Nassr player.

CR7 left Manchester United, one of the most important clubs in the world, last month due to the notorious short circuit with coach Erik ten Hag. The player himself gave a television interview in which he said he felt betrayed by the Red Devils and that he did not respect the Dutch coach.

In the midst of the earthquake, he was in the World Cup with his national team, becoming the first footballer to score in five editions of the World Cup. Of course, the contest ended with disappointments, because he lost the starting position, by determination of Fernando Santos, and was eliminated in the quarterfinals against Morocco, the surprise of Qatar 2022.

Al Nassr have some familiar faces for football in the region. Cristiano will be a partner of the Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina (34), who arrived after passing through Arsenal and Napoli, and from the Argentine midfielder Gonzalo ‘Pity’ Martinez (29), former River Plate, figure in the 2018 Copa Libertadores title, when they beat Boca in Madrid. He is also a member of the Cameroonian attacker’s squad Vincent Aboubakar (30)World Cup with the Indomitable Lions.