Cristiano Ronaldo signs $75 million-per-year deal with Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr

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Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr club, sources close to the club have told CBS Sports.

In a move that would effectively signal the end of his top-level football career but would ensure he is very well paid as his retirement approaches, Ronaldo put pen to paper on a contract with the Riyadh club on Friday afternoon. The deal ends a brief free agency period for the 37-year-old, whose contract with Manchester United was terminated last month.

Sources familiar with the negotiations say Ronaldo has already completed the medical parts needed to sign his contract, while a second set of tests is expected next week.

CBS Sports first revealed the $75 million a year bid in November, When Ronaldo was still evaluating his options in Europe and beyond. No other serious suitor has emerged, and this week saw the Portuguese international settle the final terms of a contract that will see him wield so much influence at the Saudi club.

Al-Nassr is expected to officially announce the deal after Saturday’s first-leg match against Al-Khaleej. The club has long confirmed the logistics behind Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia, including the home of the striker and his family in an affluent area near the training ground. In addition to a salary exceeding $1 million per week, Ronaldo’s earnings could more than double through the sale of his image rights. He is also expected to have a role in the Saudi bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

At club level, Ronaldo’s authority would be vast, with one source joking that Al-Nassr would become “Cristiano F.C.” If the veteran striker wants a new coach, this is what he will get. Recent events have proven that he isn’t exactly shy when it comes to voicing his opinion on management.

Ronaldo is coming off a disappointing World Cup, where despite Portugal reaching the quarter-finals, the star has lost its starting job as the tournament enters the knockout stages. The tournament coincided with the end of his second spell with Manchester United after he was terminated after a sensational interview in which he criticized club manager Erik ten Hag and others. Contact between Ronaldo and Al Nasr began over the summer but the striker was still looking for a destination to ply his trade in Europe and keep him at the top of the game ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in November. With no offers available, he returned to United where an awkward marriage quickly soured, and now that the World Cup was over, Victory took up their offer to start the next phase of his career.



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