Following the conclusion of his contract with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has been rumored to be interested in making a move to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi club has presented Ronaldo with a hefty contract offer, one that will see him earn as much as 200 million euros per year and will also include a deal for him to become an ambassador for Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the World Cup in 2030.
After giving a contentious interview to Piers Morgan in which he criticized both the club’s head coach Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners, Ronaldo announced his departure from Manchester United in November.
In the event that Ronaldo signs with Al Nassr, the club has offered him the opportunity to relocate to a more affluent area of Riyadh. According to the Daily Mail, one of them is named Al Muhammadiyah, and it is a neighborhood that is known for having some of the most prestigious dining establishments in the city. The other one is called Al Nakheel, and it is a community that is known for having foreign schools.
The Mutaween religious police are stationed in some of these localities to ensure the safety of the Western families who live there.
Ronaldo may spend his time in Saudi Arabia in one of several palaces that he could buy through private agreements, despite the fаct that property rental portals do not contain opulent residences among their listings.
One of them is situated in the Al Macqa neighborhood, and the asking price for it is 14 million euros, according to a report that was published in the Daily Mail. It has eight bedrooms, a swimming pool that’s big enough for the Olympics, and a reception area that has waterfall features.
Saudi club Al-Nassr’s president tries to cool off reports of Cristiano Ronaldo
Musli Al-Muammar, the president of Al-Nassr, has dismissed rumors that Cristiano Ronaldo is close to finalizing his mega-transfer to the Saudi club, which would pay him an average of £173 million a year. He stated that the claims that have been made in Spain are “mostly a lie.”
After having his contract with Manchester United terminated a month ago in the wake of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan – in which he criticized the club and manager Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo is reportedly inching closer to finalizing the money-spinning move to the Middle East.
CBS Sports also reported on Monday that a medical exam for Cristiano Ronaldo has been scheduled for Al-Nassr, and that the Saudi club is becoming increasingly confident that he will decide to join them.
In spite of this, Al-Muammar attempted to address the rumors by asserting that what has been written about Ronaldo in Spain is “mainly a fabrication.” This occurred as rumors of a potential transfer for Ronaldo began to intensify.
After Al-2-2 Nassr’s tie with Al Hilal, Al-Muammar was quoted as saying something along the lines of, “[Reports about] Ronaldo are not right and most of what has been written and stated in the [Spanish] media is a fraud.” This was reported by A Bola.
If Ronaldo accepts the offer made by Al-Nassr, he will receive $75 million per year, which is equivalent to £62 million. However, the sum might significantly increase to almost £173 million per year due to image rights and other endorsements.
If Ronaldo takes Al-Nassr up on their offer, he will not only become the most famous player on the field of play for Saudi Arabian football, but he will also play a significant role off the field of play for the club.
If he so desires, he will apparently be offered the opportunity to participate in the selection process for the team’s manager.
Rudi Garcia, who has previously coached in Europe for Lille, Roma, and Marseille, is presently the manager of Al-Nassr. During his stint in Europe, Garcia also managed Marseille.
As a result of Ronaldo’s falling out of favor at Old Trafford and subsequent departure from the club for the second time, the year 2022 was a challenging one for him.
He was only able to score one goal from the penalty spot during the World Cup in Qatar, and as a result, manager Fernando Santos decided not to play him in Portugal’s games against the teams that advanced to the round of 16 and the quarterfinals.
Ronaldo left the field in tears after Portugal’s loss to Morocco in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, which is likely to have been the last time he competed in the tournament.