Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, with his contract reportedly including a clause allowing him to play for Newcastle United.
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly has a clause in his Al-Nassr contract that allows him to play for Newcastle United if they qualify for the Champions League next season.
Ronaldo completed a stunning move to the Saudi Arabia club on Friday, and his annual salary is expected to be in the region of £173 million. The agreement comes after Ronaldo mutually ended his relationship with Manchester United in November following a sҺocking interview with Piers Morgan.
With no other options, Ronaldo agreed to join the Middle Eastern club and will join his new teammates in the coming days. His first meeting with new manager Rudi Garcia may be awkward, as the coach suggested the club sign Lionel Messi, despite Al-city Nassr’s rivɑls Al-Hilal selling shirts with the Argentine star’s nɑme.
Ronaldo’s eye-catching contract in Saudi Arabia is said to include a clause that allows him to join Newcastle on loan if the Magpies qualify for the Champions League next season. Eddie Howe’s side is currently third in the Premier League and on track to compete in Europe’s top club competition next season.
The details are detailed in a report in Marca, which claims that Ronaldo could make a stunning temporary move to St. James’ Park if they finish in the top four this season and qualify for the competition for the first time in two decades. The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia owns Newcastle.
The Portuguese forward has scored 140 goals in the competition, with his long-term rιval Messi coming in second with 129 goals. The Paris Saint-Germain star will play in the competition’s knockout stages for Christophe Galtier’s side this season, hoping to close the scoring gap to Ronaldo to a single figure.
The two superstars are comfortably ahead of third-placed Robert Lewandowski in the competition’s all-time scoring charts. Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, who may be chasing those records in the future, have 39 and 27 goals, respectively.
Ronaldo did not play in the Champions League this season due to Manchester United’s failure to qualify from the Premier League, where they finished sixth last season. Ronaldo has not played in Europe’s top club competition since 2002/03, when he joined Manchester United from Sporting CP.
Some have criticized Ronaldo for ending his career in Saudi Arabia. Following Argentina’s World Cup victory, former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher compared him negatively to Messi.
“In some ways, it’s a sad end for him,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “Two of the greatest players in Messi and Ronaldo – Ronaldo has finished his career during an interview with Piers Morgan and Messi has won the World Cup. It’s not the best way to go out.”
Mark Goldbridge slams club hierarchy over transfers
Mark Goldbridge, a YouTube host, has criticized the top people at Manchester United for not being able to make transfers fast enough.
United has been linked with a loan move for Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix. However, David Ornstein said that the asking price of €21 million (£18.6 million) for a six-month loan is too high right now.
So, Goldbridge has scolded the United board, saying that they should act quickly to improve their team instead of spending weeks trying to negotiate a lower fee.
He criticized the club on his YouTube channel, saying that their misplaced priorities will stop Erik ten Hag from getting better at Old Trafford and could hurt their chances in their January cup games.
“What kind of idiots sit there and tell Eric, ‘We might be able to get you Joao Felix, but we’re sure we can get the price down by about €5 million in three weeks,'” he asked. And I’d be asking, ‘What are you talking about?’ if I were Erik ten Hag.
“”Okay, it’s a bit pricey, but you won’t get it down by €15 million. You’ll get it down by €5 million.” You’re telling me that you want to save €5 million so badly that you want me to play without a forward in Carabao Cup knockout games, FA Cup knockout games, and big Premier League point games?
“He says, “If I bеat Charlton in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, you’ll make that much in ticket sales from the semi-finals.”
“We’re not buying him for €100 million and you’re trying to get it down to €60 million; you’re trying to get a €15 million loan fee down to around €10 million.”