Cristiano Ronaldo joins Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr until 2025
Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in a deal that runs until 2025.
The Portuguese captain is the following free agent leave Manchester United after a controversial interview in which he criticized the club.
Ronaldo will receive The biggest football salary in history at more than £177 million per year.
The 37-year-old said he was “eager to experience a new football league in another country”.
Al Nassr – nine-time Saudi Pro League champion – described the signing as “making history”.
The club said it would “inspire the league, the nation and future generations, our boys and girls to be the best versions of themselves”.
In the summer, Ronaldo turned down a deal worth £305m joined another Arab team – Al Hilal – because he was happy at United.
Early November, striker spoke up in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, in which he said he felt “betrayed” by United, disrespected coach Erik ten Hag and was forced out of the club.
Ronaldo, who has scored 145 goals in 346 appearances for United, leaves Juventus to return to Old Trafford in August 2021 – 11 years after he left Juventus to join Real Madrid.
He has just over seven months left on his £500,000-a-week contract with United but his immediate departure has been “agreed by both parties”.
The day after he left the club, he was banned from playing 2 matches in the country for dropping an Everton fan’s phone after United’s defeat at Goodison Park in April.
He will comply with the ban at domestic level with any new club – in England or abroad – although it does not apply at continental club level, such as the Champions League.
Ronaldo recently returned from playing for Portugal at the World Cup in Qatar, where he make a history by becoming the first player to score at five different World Cups with a strike in the team’s opening win over Ghana.