Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

If the recent reports are to believed coming out from Cristiano Ronaldo camp, the free agent is set to pen a gigantic contract with Saudi Arabia side Al-Nassr. Ronaldo’s former employees Manchester United cut ties with the player in a mutual contract termination, after he went on a tirade against them in his unfamous Piers Morgan interview. Prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the 37-year-old missed United’s final game before the break citing illness problems.

However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was rather sitting in front of the camera with Morgan, spitting venom against United. Ronaldo attacked the club for being stagnant in their post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, accused his manager Erik ten Hag of ‘disrespecting’ him, and even criticised his former Red Devils’ teammates and interim manager Ralf Rangnick. That put an end to his dramatic second spell with United, who terminated his contract even before he kicked a ball at the World Cup in Qatar.

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Cristiano Ronaldo kicked-off his World Cup campaign as a free agent, but may end it as an Al Nassr player. Credits: Twitter

Saudi reportedly manage to land Cristiano Ronaldo at the second time of asking

With an unemployed Cristiano Ronaldo leading Portugal at the World Cup, it was expected a number of interested parties would line-up at his agent, Jorge Mendes’ doorsteps. The super-agent was at heavy work throughout the summer as well, when his client wanted to leave for a Champions League club, as United had failed to close a top-four finish last season. There were reports as well that Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Sporting CP have confirmed their interest in buying the former Real Madrid player.

However, one offer which had caught everybody’s eye was from Saudi Arabia. Per multiple reports, Al-Hilal were ready to pay Ronaldo a whopping €170 million per-year if agreed their two-year deal. The Saudi side was ready to break every bank to bring the global superstar to middle-east, in what could arguably have been the biggest deal signed in the history of any sport. But Ronaldo rejected the lure as he wanted to continue in Europe.

The Saudis haven’t backed out it seems, as Al Nassr returned this time to try and entice the five-time Champions League winner with an even bigger contract. As confirmed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Saudi club has tabled an otherworldly offer in front of Cristiano Ronaldo, a €200 million-per-year deal for the next two-and-a-half years, that is until the summer of 2025. The Saudis have literally hit the ball out of the park, as usually they are known to.

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Cristiano Ronaldo could start a new chapter in middle-east, after the World Cup there. Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, they have been successful as well, with Ronaldo agreeing the mouthwatering deal to kick the ball in Saudi. Moreover, he could further pocket more since Romano adds that a deal concerning the image rights is yet to be discussed. That could inject more money into Ronaldo’s already hefty cheque that he would receive once he signs a forma deal with Al Nassr. There’s no need now to mention it distinctly that this deal would make Cristiano Ronaldo the highest paid athlete in the world.

Although a transfer to the middle-east would cast and end over Ronaldo’s European journey, the money is certainly worth it. And besides all that, the boy from Lisbon has conquered Europe in the true sense, having won 5 Champions League titles, 3 UEFA Super Cups, League titles in 3 of Europe’s top-five leagues, and further adding individual records such as becoming the Champions League’s all-time top scorer and racking up a massive 701 goals across 949 appearances with Sporting, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United.

Meanwhile, this deal would certainly be a breakthrough for Saudi Arabia who are launching a bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. The Gulf nation has already conducted a show of strength, with the Saudi Public Fund completing the richest takeover of football club when they bought Premier League side Newcastle United last year, and the country’s national team shocking Argentina at the ongoing World Cup. Ronaldo arriving in their country to play football would further boost their chances of winning the 2030 bid, proving their mettle in the sport.