Spanish newspaper Marca reports that former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a record-breaking $207 million contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr football club.
Earlier this month, the 37-year-old left Manchester United following a rocky relationship and a 90-minute tell-all interview with Piers Morgan during which he criticized Manchester United and said he felt “betrayed.”
Al Nassr are now rumored to have agreed a deal with Ronaldo for two-and-a-half years that will see him play until he is 40.
Marca, however, reports that a deal has now been reached. But club officials have not yet made an official announcement.
One of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia is Al Nassr, who have won the country’s top flight nine times.
The team won both the Saudi Super Cups in 2020 and 2021, and is currently coached by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who has previously coached Roma, Marseille, and Lyon.
Ronaldo will make $517 million from a 30-month stint playing in Saudi Arabia under this two-and-a-half-year contract. The monthly payment is $17.2 million. A sponsorship deal played a major role in this deal, according to Fabrizio Romano. A staggering £172.9m annual contract with Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr will make Cristiano Ronaldo the highest-paid sportsman, dwarfing long-term rival Lionel Messi’s £103.4m and overtaking LeBron James in second place… but who else makes the top 10?