Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly moving closer to joining Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr and, according to Fabrizio Romano, has received an official offer.
The former Manchester United player will receive €200 million per season from the agreement until 2025, although the same report states that nothing has been done, signed or decided.
After a dramatic departure from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is officially a free agent, but he now seems to be nearing a lucrative transfer before the January transfer window.
The 37-year-old’s contract with Manchester United was terminated earlier this month as a result of a rocky relationship with the club’s management that got even worse after he made several contentious claims in a TV interview with Piers Morgan.
As soon as it was revealed that he would be departing Old Trafford, several clubs were said to be interested in signing him.
Al-Nassr, a Saudi club, was one of those clubs. It was originally reported that they had already made Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, an offer.
Negotiations were claimed to have started as early as the summer, at a relatively advanced stage.
The 37-year-old himself posed the only obstacle because he was still unsure about leaving elite European football.
Any European or MLS clubs interested in signing the striker would find the length of a potential contract—which would see him play into his 40s—unfeasible, as the veteran would earn £172.9m annually.
Al-Nassr, Ronaldo’s possible long-term employers, are currently ranked second in the Saudi Pro League after eight games.
With 18 goals scored and just three goals allowed, they have won six of those games. They will resume their campaign against Al-Raed on December 16 after a break for the World Cup.
If Ronaldo joins the team, it is unknown when he will make his debut.
Just two days later, in Qatar, is the World Cup championship game, and the former Manchester United player’s tournament is expected to go on for at least another week.
Portugal advanced to the round of 16 thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ brace against Uruguay, and it appears likely that they will face either Switzerland, Cameroon, or Serbia in that round.
With his opening goal against Ghana in Portugal’s opening match, Ronaldo became the first male player to score at five World Cups, leaving a lasting impression on the competition in Qatar.
The Portuguese is however, currently focused on the World Cup in Qatar. And aims to help Portugal top their group when they play South Korea on Friday afternoon.