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Cristiano Ronaldo considers Al Nassr offer: Salary, contract details as star moves on from Man United

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Cristiano Ronaldo is edging closer to joining a new club at the start of 2023 following his high-profile departure from Manchester United last month.

Ronaldo and United agreed to mutually terminate his contract following the Portugal international’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan in November.

The 37-year-old launched a scathing attack on the club’s lack of ambition, transfer policy and United head coach Erik ten Hag, all in the wake of failing to secure a move away from Old Trafford ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

Despite being away on World Cup duty, Ronaldo’s advisers are working on his future options, with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr reportedly prepared to offer him a world-record salary.

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Who are Al Nassr?

Al Nassr are one of the biggest domestic clubs in Saudi Arabia, based in the capital city Riyadh, and are managed by former Lyon and AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia.

The club are the second-most successful team in Saudi Arabia, with nine Saudi Pro League titles. Rivals Al Hilal have 18.

Al Nassr are aiming to grow their international profile in the coming years to challenge Al Hilal on a domestic level and compete in the AFC Champions League.

Ronaldo contract offer at Al Nassr

Spanish outlet Marca claimed on December 5 that Ronaldo will formally join Al Nassr on January 1 following a post-World Cup break.

The contract is said to include a two-and-a-half-year agreement, which would bring Ronaldo up to the end of the 2024/25 season, and beyond his 40th birthday.

Al Nassr are not required to pay a fee to United for Ronaldo — with his contract in England ending six months early — as he is a free agent and not restricted by FIFA’s transfer window rules.

How much is Ronaldo’s salary at Al Nassr?

Marca’s report states Ronaldo will receive a €100 million (£86.1m/$105m) signing-on fee from Al Nassr as the club work with the Saudi state to secure a deal.

His proposed salary is rumoured to be €200m per season (£172m/$211m), making him the highest-paid football on the planet.

Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi are currently the top earners in world football, with $110m/£96m and $65m/£56.7m in basic income.

Why do Al Nassr want to sign Ronaldo?

Al Nassr’s move for Ronaldo is motivated by their desire to become a major power in Asian football, to compete with their Arab neighbours, and challenge clubs from China, Japan and South Korea on a continental level.

The club are anxious to match other Asian superpowers in their ability to attract star names from Europe and Ronaldo represents a significant move towards that goal.

The deal is also expected to play a role in Saudi Arabia’s wider bid for the 2030 World Cup, following on from the 2022 tournament in Qatar, with Ronaldo tipped to play an ambassadorial role in the host selection process.

Ronaldo himself told Piers Morgan that he rejected an offer from an unnamed Saudi Arabian club prior to the start of 2022/23.


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