Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo was set to join Saudi club Al-Hilal in the summer before the deal fell through. The Sun revealed that the total value of the deal would have been £210 million.
Club president Fahad Ben Nafel claimed the deal fell through only because the team was hit with a transfer ban and not because the Portuguese rejected the opportunity to play in the Middle East. He also insisted he had held personal talks with the 37-year-old striker, who wanted to leave Manchester United in the summer.
Ronaldo has been offered an impressive £2m-a-week contract for two years. In this way, he could pocket 210 million pounds for the entire duration of the contract. At the same time, Al-Hilal were ready to take out a transfer fee of 25 million pounds for the Portuguese, so that the Red Devils could let him leave.
“Yes, we negotiated with Ronaldo. The problem wasn’t money. Al-Hilal could have attracted world stars, but the decision of the Sports Arbitration Center prevented us from registering the players. We have not stopped negotiating with the players despite this decision, but we have been delaying entering the final stage of negotiations until the ban is lifted,” said Ben Nafel.
If Ben Nafel’s words are true, then even though Ronaldo allegedly wanted to leave Old Trafford to play in the Champions League, that hasn’t stopped him from listening to Al-Hilal’s offer.
The size of the entire offer is incredible given CR7’s age and his lack of goals of late. He scored just once this season – from a penalty in the Europa League against Sheriff Tiraspol. The Portugal international has also received limited game minutes this season as he has often been used as a substitute by manager Erik ten Haag. Ronaldo continues to start for Portugal, although there have been doubts recently over whether he should continue to start from the first minute given his disappointing performances.
Al-Hilal currently features former Man United striker Odion Ighalo, former West Bromwich Albion star Mateus Pereira and former Porto striker Moussa Marega.
Cristiano Ronaldo was open to a mega £210m transfer from Man Utd to Saudi Arabia with the deal only failing over a transfer ban https://t.co/JShyRq8qr9
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