Saudi Arabia: The Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was formally introduced by Al Nassr as the star’s latest arrival to the Saudi Arabian team and revealed he had rejected numerous offers from Europe and North America.
In one of the more unexpected moves in recent history, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus forward have agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract to play in the Saudi Pro League. Ronaldo, who has won five Champions League titles and five Ballon d’Or awards, will participate for the first time outside of Europe.
“I’m a unique player, I beat all the records there. I want to beat a few records here. This contract is unique but I’m a unique player, so for me, it’s normal. I really don’t worry about what people say. I am really, really happy to be here. I know the league is very competitive, I saw many games … I’m ready to keep playing football,” the player further added.
The 37-year-old Portugal international Player had his contract with United terminated in November 2022 after conducting an explosive TV interview in which he criticised the manager, Erik ten Hag, and the club’s owners, the Glazer family, as per the report.
Walks of the greatness 🐐💛 pic.twitter.com/7FzLZSchQ5— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) January 3, 2023
Ronaldo received a proposal from Al Nassr, the 18-time Saudi champions, during the World Cup, but the agreement wasn’t finalised until 30th December. Ronaldo arrived in Riyadh on a flight to King Khalid International Airport on 1st January 2023.
After winning seven domestic titles in England, Spain, and Italy, he will attempt to secure a league title in a fourth nation. It’s unknown if Ronaldo will make his debut so soon after finishing his deal when Al Nassr takes on Al Ta’ee on 5th January 2023.