There has been a rumor recently about the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to the Saudi Arabian club, Al Nassr. The player finally opened himself up about his contract with the club.
The past few weeks has been a rough one for the Portuguese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo. First, he lost his contract with the English premier club, Manchester United following his rumored dispute with the team manager and coach.
Then he faced a controversy during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar match of “Portugal vs South Korea”. During the match he had a heated conversation with the opposition striker Cho Gue-sung, which led him being withdrawn midway the match. In addition, he was benched during the round of 16 match against Switzerland as a consequence.
There have been recent rumors about Ronaldo’s transfer to the popular Saudi Arabian football club Al-Nassr. According to reports, the club showed interest in owning the free agent and approached him with a very eye-catching singing-on fee. The initially presented signing fee is around $525 million. The deal also reportedly later added financial incentive from advertising.
Such a lucrative deal will without a doubt make Ronaldo the highest-paid footballer in the world. If Ronaldo joins Al-Nassr on January 1, 2023, he will start making around $225 million per season. For comparison, PSG members Lionel Messi and Neymar currently earns $75 and $70 million respectively per season. Therefore, the Saudi deal seems like a dream come true for any player.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner recently denied signing to any contract of such. Following the recent match, he told the reporters, “No, it’s not true -not true.” The player also admitted that he is not ready to leave European football and shift to the Middle East league yet.
On the European side, CEO of Bayern Munich Oliver Kahn recently clarified that there is no possibility of Ronaldo joining his squad. Which strengthens his chance of joining the English giants, Chelsea. As they previously showed interest on the player.
Cristiano Ronaldo just became the first male player to score in five different World Cups with his recent penalty goal during the group stage match against Ghana. At present, he is giving his full attention on pushing the Portuguese football team on winning their first world cup at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.