It looks like Cristiano Ronaldo will continue his professional career in Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo’s long-rumored deal with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nasr is reportedly very close to happening. Ronaldo has been a free agent since parting ways with Manchester United just days before the World Cup. Ronaldo lashed out at the club in a television interview in which he said he had no respect for current Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag. The interview made it clear that Ronaldo was unlikely to stay at United, but after he became a free agent, no other major European clubs were competing to sign him.
Ronaldo is the highest profile player to play club football in the Middle East and that comes with a huge salary. According to Fabrizio Romano, Ronaldo earns 213 million dollars a year.
The 37-year-old started for Portugal at the start of the 2022 World Cup, but was substituted in favor of Gonzalo Ramos in the team’s round of 16 clash against Switzerland. Portugal scored six goals in the loss to Switzerland — six in three group stage games — and Ronaldo was benched for the quarter-final against Morocco.
Ronaldo came on in the second half of this game but was unable to score as Morocco won 1-0. The game could have been the last international game of Ronaldo’s career as he left the field in tears. Ronaldo is Portugal’s long-time captain and the country’s all-time leading scorer. While there is no doubt he can continue to play for Portugal, he will be 39 ahead of Euro 2024 and will spend the last two seasons playing football against lesser competition.
Ronaldo’s move to the league for financial rather than competitive reasons seemed to end the debate between him and Lionel Messi as a modern footballer with Messi and Argentina winning the World Cup. Although Messi is two years younger than Ronaldo, he is set to remain at European giants PSG for another season and is expected to move to America’s top league at some point.
After scoring 84 goals in 196 games in his first spell at Manchester United, Ronaldo made a huge move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. He was the best striker in the world during his time at Madrid and averaged a goal per game. club. He left Madrid for Juventus in 2018 and spent three seasons with the Italian giants before returning to Manchester United in the summer of 2021 as Juventus looked to take a pay cut.
While Ronaldo scored 19 goals in 40 games in his second spell at United and provided United with much-needed goals in the 2021-22 season, his presence in the squad has also been a constant source of controversy as United moved on from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. , and his time with the club was thrown into turmoil after the arrival of ten Hags.
After coming off the bench against Tottenham in the autumn, Ronaldo refused to play and left the bench before the end of the game. He has made just four Premier League starts this season and scored one goal.