Thu. May 23rd, 2024

Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a deal with Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr until 2025, with the Portuguese star set to earn more than £177 million per year.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on a two-year contract”, the club announced on Friday.

The 37-year-old left Manchester United last month following an explosive television interview in which the forward said he felt betrayed by the Old Trafford club and did not respect their Dutch manager Erik ten Hag.

“I am eager to experience a new football league in a different country. Al Nassr Club’s vision is very inspiring,” the Saudi outfit quoted Ronaldo as saying.

Cristiano Ronaldo’sdeparture from Manchester United is briefly mentioned in the matchday programme ahead of Carabao Cup match against Burnley, but not in manager Eric ten Hag’s notes.

Gary Neville admits he was left a bit sad that Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t be playing at the top level of football anymore after the Portuguese’s move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

Speaking on Friday Night Football, former Manchester United captain Gary Neville said the manner of Ronaldo’s exit was sad yet inevitable as he completed a move to Al Nassr.

“We’re going to see a lot less of him, obviously,” Neville commented. “It tells us a couple of things. One, how serious Saudi Arabia are about football. They aren’t going away. They’ve invested £350m on one player. They are trying to strengthen the league.

“But for Cristiano Ronaldo, I felt as though he would want to stay, for the rest of this season at least, in one of the big leagues in Europe and score more goals. Potentially find a Champions League club.

“It tells me that the offer is staggering. Maybe the club that he wanted in Europe didn’t come in for him and this was his option to go for. An element of sadness, in terms of we’ve probably seen the last of Ronaldo playing at the top level.

“I think we could have continued to see it at Old Trafford had both parties handled things differently. That had to come to an end – it had to close before the World Cup. It was an inevitability in the end.”

Jamie Carragher added: “In some ways it’s a sad end for him. Two of the greatest players in Messi and Ronaldo – Ronaldo has finished his career during an interview with Piers Morgan and Messi has won the World Cup. It’s not the best way to go out.”

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