According to Saudi Arabian news outlet Al Arabiya, Cristiano Ronaldo signed the deal with Al Nassr on Friday after holding talks with the club.
Reports in Spain have suggested that Ronaldo’s deal is in fact for seven years. The 37 year old forward will play for two and a half years before moving into an ambassadorial role. His payment is set to increase over time.
Given that Ronaldo himself said he wanted to keep playing at the greatest level, the transfer to Saudi Arabia will be unexpected. He was said to be interested in joining a team competing in the Champions League, but nothing came of it.
Al-Nassr are one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia and have won the country’s top league on nine occasions. Their last league win came three years ago back in 2019.
In addition to a salary worth well in excess of $1 Million a week, Cristiano Ronaldo will be earning more than double through the sale of his image rights. He is also expected to have a role in the Saudi Arabia bid for the 2030 World Cup.