Cristiano Ronaldo concludes a record £173m-a-year transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr (photos)
Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a move to Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, following his bitter departure from Manchester United.
The 37-year-old had been without a club since November, when United mutually terminated his contract, bringing an end to a turbulent second spell at Old Trafford.
He was fired following an explosive and unannounced interview with Piers Morgan in which he slammed manager Erik ten Hag and club owners the Glazers, claiming that he had been “betrayed” by the club.
Now the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has found a new team in Al-Nassr where he is expected to earn around £173million per year in the Middle East.
A statement from the club on Friday night, December 30 read: “This is more than history in the making.
“This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves. Welcome, Cristiano, to your new home.”
Ronaldo added: “Al Nassr’s vision is very inspiring and impressive. I look forward to a different league experience in a different country. I am excited to join my teammates as soon as possible.”
Al Nassr Football Club is a Saudi Arabian football club based in Riyadh. Formed in 1955, the club plays its home games at the Mrsool Park. Their home colours are yellow and blue. Al Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, with an estimated 27 championships in all competitions. Al-Nassr currently sits at the top of the Saudi Pro League, having won seven of their opening 10 matches.