Cristiano Ronaldo completes move to Al-Nassr after Manchester United exit

Al Nassr posted a photo on social media of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner holding the team’s jersey, with the club hailing the signing as a “developing story”.

“This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to even greater success, but will inspire our league, our nation, and future generations, boys and girls, to be the best version of themselves,” the post wrote. club.

It also gives Ronaldo, 37, a massive payday in what could be the final contract of his career. Media reports have claimed that the Portugal star could earn up to $200 million a year from the deal.

While the signing is a huge boost for Middle Eastern soccer, it will also fuel the debate on Saudi Arabia using the so-called “sports laundering” to boost the country’s image internationally. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund owns Premier League team Newcastle, and the country is considering a bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

Ronaldo had been a free agent after his contract was terminated by manchester united after an explosive television interview in which he criticized manager Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners. He is coming off a disappointing World Cup in which he was benched in the knockout rounds and Portugal lost in the quarterfinals to Morocco.

He will now apparently see the final years of his career away from the spotlight of top European football as he is by far the biggest name to play in the Saudi Arabian league.

Saudi Arabia scored its biggest international soccer victory at the World Cup in Qatar last month when it beat eventual champions Argentina in its first group stage match. But it failed to make it to the knockout stages and the domestic league has few stars and is not seen by a large international audience.

Additional AP Reports .

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