Former Manchester United star and Portugal national team Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Saudi club Al-Nasr as part of a deal that extends to 2025.
And the club’s official account on the Internet published a picture of the player holding the club’s shirt and commented on it, “The greatest athlete in the world officially signs the world,” which is the title of the Saudi club.
And Manchester United announced the termination of his contract by mutual consent with Ronaldo last November, after the Portugal captain said in a television interview that he felt betrayed by the club, and that he did not respect coach Eric Ten Hag, to end his second period with the club he joined in August. / August 2021, after winning 8 major titles during the period from 2003 to 2009.
Musli Al Muammar, President of Al-Nasr Club, said: “This deal is greater than writing a new historical chapter. This player is a higher example for all athletes and youth in the world, and with his presence in Al-Nasr, we will move forward to achieve more successes for the club, Saudi sports and future generations.”
The 37-year-old Portuguese star said he was eager “to have a new experience in a new football league in a different country”.
Ronaldo added, “I am lucky because I have won everything I wanted to win in European football, and I feel that this is the right moment to start transferring my experiences to Asia.”
The Saudi club Al-Nasr, which won the Saudi League title nine times, described the Ronaldo deal as a “history-making” for the club.
The club said the deal would “inspire the league, the nation, generations to come, boys and girls to always be the best”.
Ronaldo will not participate in the first Saudi Al-Nassr meeting in the new year against Al-Taie on January 5.
Where the Portuguese star implements a two-match ban that applies to any local competitions. Therefore, the first match in which Ronaldo may participate will be against Al-Ittihad Jeddah on January 25th.
Ronaldo scored 145 goals in 346 matches for Manchester United, then left the ranks of Italian Juventus to return again to Old Trafford in August 2021, about 11 years after leaving Real Madrid, Spain.
Ronaldo’s contract with Man United was set to expire after seven months, according to which he received 500,000 pounds a week, but his immediate departure from the English club came “by agreement of the two parties.”
Ronaldo returned from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after making history to be the first soccer player to score goals in five different World Cup finals after scoring the first winning goal for his country in the tournament over Ghana.