It has been revealed where Cristiano Ronaldo will play club football in 2023 and beyond. According to a report, the ex-Man Utd striker is expected to sign a two-and-a-half year contract with an unbelievable salary.
On November 20, by mutual consent, the 37-year-old Portuguese legend left Manchester United. In his first season back at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo accomplished exactly what he was brought in to do by leading all scorers with 24 goals in all competitions.
The demotion, however, went over the great man’s head and he was soon moved lower on the totem pole by new boss Erik ten Hag.
His final six months of employment were marred by disciplinary matters, and it appeared that everyone concerned needed to split ways. Man Utd acted swiftly to end their association with Ronaldo following an unwise and controversial interview with TalkTV.
The striker’s prime years are undoubtedly behind him at age 37, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still useful.
According to several reports, Ronaldo wanted to stay in one of Europe’s top five divisions, and more specifically, he wanted to play for a team that could meet his Champions League requirements.
But no real interest materialized; Al Nassr from Saudi Arabia made the only official bid.
Following Portugal’s World Cup elimination, Ronaldo had been improving his fitness at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training facility. However, Los Blancos did not intend for anything extraordinary to happen in return for that; it was just a straightforward act of goodwill.
Instead, according to the Spanish publication Marca, Ronaldo will be unveiled by Al Nassr before 2022 is through.
They claim that as soon as Ronaldo’s departure from United was approved, negotiations with Al Nassr started. Ronaldo is rumored to have recently flown to Dubai in preparation for the move. The agreement is likely to be a two and a half year one that lasts through the summer of 2025.
Al Nassr anticipates completing the enormous victory for Saudi Arabian football before the year 2023 ends. In doing so, the former Manchester United striker would agree to a staggering €200 million annual contract (about £3.35 million each week).
Both Ronaldo’s salary and the lucrative endorsement deals he will sign will contribute to his enormous pay package. He will undoubtedly become the best paid athlete in the world as a result, and by a significant margin.
In Saudi Arabia, what can Ronaldo anticipate?
The Saudi Arabian Pro League is now led by Al Nassr, and the champions of that league advance to the AFC Champions League, which is the Asian version of Europe’s competition.
In their first nine league games this season, they have won seven, drawn one, and lost one. Ronaldo may make his professional debut in their first game of 2023 against Al Tai on January 5.
Ronaldo will team up with former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in the Saudi city of Riyadh, where Al Nassr are headquartered, if the transfer is approved.
Former Benfica attacker Anderson Talisca, former Brazilian international Luis Gustavo, and Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar are among well-known players on the team.
Ronaldo may face up against former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo.
The Nigerian, who teams up with former West Brom star Matheus Pereira, has seven goals in 13 appearances for Al Hilal this season.
Ronaldo will undoubtedly think he has a good chance of consistently scoring in Saudi Arabia.