Al-Nassr is apparently getting closer to luring the Portuguese superstar to Saudi Arabia by scheduling Cristiano Ronaldo‘s medical.
Last month, Ronaldo‘s contract with Manchester United was terminated as a result of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, in which he criticized the team and manager Erik ten Hag. Since then, the 37-year-old has been searching for a new squad, and he currently appears prepared to relocate to the Middle East.
According to CBS Sports, Al-Nassr are becoming increasingly confident that Ronaldo will decide to sign with them and have planned a physical as well as reserved lodging for the forward and his advisors.
As they have already agreed to the more general conditions of Ronaldo‘s contract, they are optimistic that the deal will be completed by the beginning of the January transfer window.
If Ronaldo accepts Al-offer, Nassr’s he will get $75 million (£62 million) annually; but, image rights and other endorsements could significantly increase this amount to about £173 million annually.
Incase Ronaldo accepts Al-offer, Nassr’s he will not only become Saudi Arabian football’s biggest star on the field, but he will also play a significant role off it.
If he chooses, he will apparently be granted a say in choosing the team’s manager.
Rudi Garcia, a former coach of Lille, Roma, and Marseille during his stint in Europe, is currently in charge of Al-Nassr.
After losing favor at Old Trafford and leaving the team for a second time, Ronaldo had a terrible end to 2022.
He only managed one goal from the penalty spot at the World Cup in Qatar, and manager Fernando Santos benched him for Portugal’s matches in the quarterfinals and last-16.
In what is likely to be his final World Cup, Portugal lost to Morocco in the semifinals, and Ronaldo left the field in tears.
The next week, he was forced to watch as his bitter rival Lionel Messi led Argentina to victory in the tournament.