Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Al Nasser from January 1, Marca reports. The contract that unites the Portuguese footballer with the Saudi team will be for two and a half seasons, as announced last week.
The Portuguese ended his relationship with Manchester United two days before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, having been able to negotiate with any team. It was Al Nasser who took the greatest interest in him from the start.
The main argument for abandoning competitive football in Europe and leaving it in the hands of the new football adventure is undoubtedly economic. Cristiano Ronaldo will become the Saudi image abroad, in a country that every day strives to have a bigger role in the world of sports.
In addition to his salary of €100 million per season, he will have additional financial incentives through advertising, which will make the Portuguese the highest paid athlete in the world. The total amount of the relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nasser will be close to 200 million euros per season.
Lionel Messi and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain headline the football bill, but their 75 and 70 million per season earnings are a far cry from what Cristiano Ronaldo will earn in Saudi Arabia. Even if we go through the list of the highest paid in the US, they all remain far from the money promised to the Portuguese.
Cristiano Ronaldo will find a team looking to regain their lost dominance in their competition. The step back he takes in sports is obvious, but little by little football puts him on another competitive level. He even received criticism in Portugal for his performance during the World Cup, something unthinkable months ago.
In Al Nasser, Cristiano Ronaldo will work with Frenchman Rudy Garcia. The presence of David Ospina stands out in the composition. The Colombian goalkeeper terminated his contract with Napoli and decided to accept the Saudi offer.