Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian aspect Al Nassr on a deal that runs till 2025.
The Portugal captain is a free agent after leaving Manchester United following a controversial interview during which he criticised the membership.
Ronaldo will reportedly obtain the biggest football salary in history at greater than £177m per 12 months.
The 37-year-old says he’s “eager to experience a new football league in a different country”.
Ronaldo added: “I am fortunate that I have won everything I set out to win in European football and feel now that this is the right moment to share my experience in Asia.”
Al Nassr – nine-time Saudi Professional League champions – described the signing as “history in the making”.
The membership stated it will “inspire our league, nation and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves”.
In the summertime, Ronaldo turned down a £305m deal to affix one other Saudi workforce – Al Hilal – as a result of he was pleased at United.
Earlier in November, the striker spoke out in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV during which he stated he felt “betrayed” by United, didn’t respect supervisor Erik ten Hag and was being compelled out of the membership.
Ronaldo, who scored 145 targets in 346 appearances for United, left Juventus to rejoin the Previous Trafford membership in August 2021 – 11 years after he departed to affix Actual Madrid.
He had simply over seven months remaining on his £500,000-a-week contract with United however his quick exit was “mutually agreed”.
A day after he left the membership, he was banned for 2 home matches for knocking a cellphone out of an Everton fan’s hand after United’s defeat at Goodison Park in April.
He’ll serve the ban at home stage with any new membership – in England or overseas – though it doesn’t apply at continental membership stage, such because the Champions League.
Ronaldo just lately returned from enjoying for Portugal on the World Cup in Qatar, the place he made historical past by changing into the primary man to attain at 5 completely different Fifa World Cups along with his strike in his aspect’s opening win towards Ghana.
|12 August 2003||Manchester United||£12.24m|
|6 July 2009||Actual Madrid||£80m|
|10 July 2018||Juventus||£99.2m|
|31 August 2021||Manchester United||£12.8m|