The Saudi Minister of Sports, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, expressed his happiness at the joining of the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, to Al-Nasr Club.
The minister welcomed the arrival of the “Madeira missile” to the Saudi stadiums, and wrote through his official account on the “Twitter” site: “I am happy with the presence of one of the best players in the world to start his new career in Saudi Arabia .. Welcome to you.”
He continued, saying, “We will support the rest of our clubs for qualitative deals with international stars soon.”
And Al-Nasr Club had announced earlier on Friday the inclusion of the Portuguese striker, with a contract that extends until 2025.
The club added, on its Twitter account, “The club’s chairman, Mosli Al Muammar, recently signed a contract with football star Cristiano Ronaldo. The contract will extend until 2025,” accompanied by a picture of Ronaldo holding the club’s number seven shirt.
He continued, “The contract signing ceremony took place in the Spanish capital, Madrid,” without disclosing the financial value of the deal. Media estimated the value of Ronaldo’s contract at more than 200 million euros ($214.04 million).
And Al Muammar considered: “This deal is more than just writing a new historical chapter. This player is a higher example for all athletes and youth globally.
And he added, “With his presence in Al-Nasr, we will move forward towards achieving more successes for the club, Saudi sports, and for future generations.”
For his part, Ronaldo, 37, said in statements transmitted by the club’s account via Twitter: “I am eager to experience a new football league in a different country.”
He added, “The vision with which Al-Nasr Club operates is very inspiring, and I am excited to join my teammates, so that together we can help the team achieve more successes.”
In a separate statement, Ronaldo said: “I am fortunate to have won everything I set out to win in European football, and now I feel that this is the right moment to share my experience in Asia.”
He stressed that he was looking forward to “joining my new team-mates and helping them achieve success”.
Ronaldo left Manchester United last month after a television interview in which the Portuguese national team captain said he felt betrayed by the club and that he had no respect for his Dutch coach, Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo will arrive in Saudi Arabia carrying a wide range of titles after a wonderful period he spent with Spanish giants Real Madrid between 2009 and 2018, when he won two First Division titles, the same in the King’s Cup, four European Champions League titles and three Club World Cup titles, according to Reuters.
Ronaldo went on to score a Real Madrid record of 451 goals and collected more than 800 goals in total for clubs and Portugal.