Cristiano Ronaldo is to become the highest-paid athlete of all time after reportedly agreeing to a transfer to Saudi Arabia.
The Portuguese football genius has apparently agreed to a two-and-a-half year deal worth $200 million a year with the Saudi soccer club Al-Nassr, Marca reports.
Recently, he revealed he turned down an incredible $3.6 million-a-week offer to play for another Saudi club, believed to be Al-Nassr’s rival, Al-Hilal.
Inter Miami were also believed to be interested in Ronaldo with owner David Beckham reportedly holding talks with the 37-year-old.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester United terminated
The former Manchester United star agreed earlier in November to terminate his contract with the Red Devils after slamming the club in an explosive interview.
In an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV released just before the start of the World Cup, Christiano Ronaldo explained that he felt United had betrayed him and that he has no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo’s return to United from Juventus last year was greeted with much fanfare by the club’s supporters, but his second period at Old Trafford failed to match the success of his first, as United ended last season without any trophies.
“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” said Ronaldo in a statement.
“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change,” he said. “However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.”
If Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, agrees to join Al-Nassr, it would be an astonishing coup for the club and Saudi Arabia’s football.
Al Nassr (meaning Victory) is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, winning twenty-seven trophies.
At the domestic level, the club has won nine Premier League titles, six King’s Cups, three Crown Prince’s Cups, three Federation Cups, and two Saudi Super Cups.
At the international level, they have won two GCC Champions Leagues and held the impressive feat of pulling a historic Asian double in 1998, by claiming both the Asian Cup Winners’ Cup and the Asian Super Cup.