Cristiano Ronaldo signs contract worth $75 million per season with Saudi club
After parting ways with Manchester United last month, Cristiano Ronaldo has found a bargain elsewhere.
The Portuguese superstar has signed a deal with Saudi club Al Nassr.
The club made the announcement on Friday.
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“History in the making. This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success, but will also inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls, to be the best version of themselves,” the team tweeted. .
The deal covers the next 2½ seasons and Ronaldo will earn $75m a year.
Ronaldo has just completed his fifth World Cup, where Portugal finished in eighth place after being knocked out by Morocco in the quarter-finals. It was a disappointing tournament for him, however, as he lost his starting position in the knockout stage.
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The two teams spoke to each other over the summer, but he was still trying to play in Europe. Ronaldo is expected to play a part in the Saudis’ bid for the 2030 World Cup.
Al Nassr are one of the most successful clubs in Asia, winning nine league titles.
Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester United was terminated after he criticized the team in a bombshell TV interview, claiming he felt “betrayed” by the club and claimed senior officials had tried to sack him. He also added that he had “no respect” for coach Erik ten Hag.
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CBS Sports notes that the logistics of Ronaldo’s move have been “firmed up” by the club, including a home near the training ground.