Cristiano Ronaldo ‘is ready to sign his SEVEN-YEAR contract with Al-Nassr and Saudi Arabia’, claim reports in Spain – with two-and-a-half years as a player before his £175m-per-year deal INCREASES in value as an ambassador
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘is on the brink of signing a massive £175million-a-year deal with Al-Nassr and Saudi Arabia, fresh reports from Spain today claim.
The agreement is expected to run for seven years, with the Portuguese superstar set to play for two-and-a-half years before taking up an ambassadorial role and his payment will increase over time.
Ronaldo, 37, has been searching for a new home since being axed by Manchester United following his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan before the World Cup.
According to Marca, the deal with Al-Nasser will be done in the next few hours.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the brink of signing with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr
He shared a video of himself in the gym in Dubai while he waits for the deal to be confirmed
Part of his ambassadorial role will be to help the candidacy of the Arab country together with Egypt and Greece for their 2030 World Cup bid.
Al-Nasr is also preparing to cut three players to free up enough room financially to sign the veteran forward.
Talks have been ongoing for some time but a breakthrough was made in the last week.
Ronaldo was linked with the Saudi Arabian club before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but refused to comment as he was focused on the tournament.
Ronaldo could not help Portugal past Morocco and his World Cup ended in disappointment
He and his family are said to be waiting in Dubai until the deal – which includes advertising agreements – is confirmed.
The Portugal international rejected a switch to Saudi Arabia last summer, but without any firm interest from Europe’s elite clubs, he looks set to now make the move.
Al-Nasser are one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, having been crowned winners of the country’s top flight nine times, with their most recent triumph coming in 2019.
A move to the Saudi club will confirm an end to Ronaldo playing at the elite level, at least out of international windows.
Ronaldo and his family are currently in Dubai waiting for the deal to go through
His future with the national side is also in question, following his reduced role at the World Cup, where Portugal exited against Morocco at the quarter-final stage.
Fernando Santos, who has since been sacked, opted to start Ronaldo from the bench during the knockout games and he was unable to make a meaningful impact in Qatar.
Al-Nassr and Saudi Arabia will still regard his signing as a major coup for the club and country given his profile, even if there appears to be a decline in his ability on the pitch.
The club is currently managed by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who has previously coached Roma, Marseille and Lyon. They also play in a 25,000-seater stadium.
Ronaldo left Manchester United last month following his controversial interview
His old club United, who beat Burnley 2-0 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, published an 81-word brief farewell to Ronaldo in the matchday programme.
It read: ‘The Portuguese superstar scored 145 goals across two spells and 436 appearances, and helped us win three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. Ronaldo was also crowned Ballon d’Or winner in 2008.
‘In a statement on November 22, the club put on record its gratitude for Cristiano’s immense contribution and wished him and his family well for the future.’