Al Nassr officially introduced Cristiano Ronaldo as the Saudi club’s new signing on Tuesday and said he had rejected several offers from Europe and North America.
The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus player has signed a two and a half year contract to play in the Saudi Pro League in one of the most surprising transfers in recent history. Ronaldo who won five Ballon d’Or and five Champions League will play outside Europe for the first time.
“I am very happy that I made this big decision in my life. In Europe, my work is done. I won everything and played for big clubs in Europe. It’s a new challenge,” Ronaldo said.
The Portuguese will be introduced to the fans later at the 25,000 capacity Mrsool Park in Riyadh, which will be his new home after agreeing a contract worth up to 200m euros (£177m)) per year once the commercial agreement is signed. the highest paid football player in history. “I’m a special player,” he said. “I broke all the records there. I want to break the record here. This contract is special but I am a special player, so for me it is normal. I don’t care what people say. I am very happy that I came here. I know the team is competitive, I’ve seen a lot of games… I’m ready to continue playing football.
He said he has rejected other offers from various organizations around the world. “No one knows, but I have many opportunities in Europe, in Brazil, in Australia, in America, in Portugal, many clubs tried to sign me. I gave a speech to this club. I want to give a different vision of this country and football. That’s why I took this opportunity.
Excitement built up all day before Ronaldo’s start, with fans heading to the stadium early in the morning. A large video screen outside the wall of the pitch showed him in Al Nassr’s yellow and blue shirt. The 37-year-old Portugal international had his United contract terminated in November after an explosive TV interview in which he criticized manager Erik ten Hag and club owners Glazer.
Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia’s 18th champion, made an offer for Ronaldo at the World Cup but the deal was not agreed until December 30. Ronaldo arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Monday, where fans greeted him and his family before undergoing a medical at Mrsool Park on Tuesday.
The transfer is expected to bring unprecedented attention to Saudi football ahead of a potential bid for the 2030 World Cup, along with Al Nassr, a club little known outside of Asia. However, for Ronaldo, he will end his career at the football club.
He will be looking to win a fourth international title after winning the Seven Nations Championship in England, Spain and Italy. Al Nassr will face Al Ta’ee on Thursday but it is unclear whether Ronaldo will make his debut so soon after his tour 카지노사이트.