Cristiano Ronaldo indicators mega-deal with Saudi Arabian membership Al Nassr

Soccer celebrity Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to affix Saudi Arabian membership Al Nassr on a two-year deal that can make him the highest-paid soccer participant in historical past with a reported annual wage of roughly $200 million. The membership introduced the signing on Friday.

Ronaldo grew to become a free agent in November after leaving Manchester United by “mutual agreement.” The 37-year-old ahead returned to United in the summertime of 2021 however was by no means capable of attain the heights he did in his first stint with the membership. Consequently, new supervisor Erik ten Hag eliminated him from the primary group. Ronaldo was additionally benched by Portugal coach Fernando Santos within the knockout stage of the World Cup.

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Not lengthy after Ronaldo’s unceremonious exit from United, Al Nassr emerged as his strongest suitor. From a aggressive standpoint, the transfer represents a step again for Ronaldo, who has performed in Europe’s high leagues for the final 20 years. Whereas it is attainable that he’ll return to the best stage as soon as his contract with Al Nassr is completed, he’ll be pushing 40 years previous by then, and he is already proven indicators of bodily decline.

Assuming Ronaldo would not return to top-flight European soccer, he’ll finish his profession with 4 UEFA Champions League titles, seven home league titles and 5 Ballon d’Or awards — an argument might be made that his transfer is a results of him undertaking all there may be to perform on the membership stage. Nevertheless, for a participant that is at all times been in comparison with Lionel Messi, the timing of the signing might be seen as Ronaldo bowing out of the race for the best of the era.

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