The Portuguese superstar is currently without a club after leaving Manchester United
Is Ronaldo bound for the Middle East? © Ulrik Pedersen / DeFodi Images via Getty Images
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr from January 1, according to Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
Ronaldo, 37, left Manchester United on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup by mutual consent after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan saw him criticize the Red Devils’ manager and hierarchy.
This left him free to negotiate with any team he wishes, and Marca says that the Portuguese superstar will join Al-Nassr on a two-and-a-half year contract that will take him past his 40th birthday if completed.
Marca claims that the contract comes with a monstrous signing-on fee of just under €100 million ($106 million) and financial incentives related to advertising that will make Ronaldo the highest-paid sportsman in the world, considering he will also reportedly receive €200 million per season ($212 million) in wages.
Free agent Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a 2.5-year contract with Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in a deal potentially worth $200M per season, reports @marca 💰 pic.twitter.com/GHJeOKdtqf
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Kylian Mbappe recently topped Forbes’ list of the highest-earning football players after being estimated to make $128 million this season.
The 23-year-old snubbed Ronaldo’s former club Real Madrid in the summer and signed a three-year contract extension at Paris Saint-Germain.
The signing fee alone for the new deal was said to be worth £100 million ($123 million), with Mbappe reportedly earning £1 million ($1.3 million) a week in France.