After conquering Spain, Italy and England, Cristiano Ronaldo is set for a shock move to Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to sign a deal with Al Nassr of Cameroon international Vincent Aboubakar, according to media reports.
The 37-year-old striker is on the hunt for a new club after parting ways with Manchester United following his explosive interview, where he criticized both the coach and the club management. United was said to be ‘furious’ after the TV attack on the club caught them by surprise, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner claiming that he felt betrayed.
As per Marca, Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to a record-breaking £ 172.9 million-a-year contract with Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia beginning in January of 2023. The move will see him play until he’s 40.
The initial deal will be around €100m (£86m) with advertisement and sponsorship bringing his wages to a record figure that will see him become the highest-paid athlete in the sport.
Al-Nassr is 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.
However, the report adds that sources close to the former Real Madrid superstar insist no deal has been signed and that Ronaldo remains focused on the World Cup with his country.
British broadcaster, Piers Morgan, has rubbished reports that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to a deal to join Al-Nassr. he tweeted: “Again, not true.”
Reports in England also suggest that several clubs could be interested in signing Ronaldo, with Chelsea amongst the favourites, though the deal may be complicated. Chelsea coach Graham Potter said in a press conference: “Well, I can’t comment because I don’t know the ins and outs,” he said. “But he’s [ten Hag] taken his stance. Sometimes you have to do that. And then you need the club’s support, and from the outside, that’s what has happened.”
“Well, it’s difficult for me to comment because I don’t know the actual context, I don’t know what’s happened, I don’t want to go off headlines and things like that. Part of the job is to take some difficult decisions, but that’s normal.”
Rolando has scored just one goal in the ongoing FIFA Qatar World Cup and did so by creating a history of his own. He became the first man to score at five different FIFA World Cups with his penalty against Ghana in Portugal’s dramatic 3-2 win.
Portugal qualified as group winners, despite a surprise defeat to South Korea, and will play Switzerland in the last 16 on Tuesday.
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