Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is now clear. A little over a month after terminating his contract with Manchester United at the start of the 2022 World Cup, the Portuguese striker finally chose to continue his adventure with the Saudi club Al Nassr, which is eager to formalize the news this Friday evening. The five-time Ballon d’Or has signed a two-year contract, until 2025, the year of his fortieth birthday. “I can’t wait to discover a new football league in a different country”said Ronaldo, quoted on his new club’s Twitter account and posing with his new jersey, yellow and blue, stamped with his usual number 7.
“Ronaldo has officially signed a two and a half year contract. The operation will cost more than 200 million euros and Ronaldo will arrive next week”, had explained earlier in the evening to AFP a source close to the player, wishing to remain anonymous. After passing his medical examination, the Portuguese star will therefore officially continue his grandiose career in Saudi Arabia, under the orders of French coach Rudi Garcia. Despite great personal ambitions, Cristiano Ronaldo has therefore drawn a line under the Champions League, which he dreamed of playing again. He should become the highest paid player on the planet.
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Aged 37, Ronaldo has one of the finest records in world football with five Ballons d’Or, five Champions League titles (2008, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), league titles in Italy ( 2019, 2020) with Juventus Turin, in Spain (2012, 2017) with Real Madrid and in England (2007, 2008, 2009) with Manchester United. He is also the top scorer in the Champions League and in the history of the Portuguese selection, with whom he won Euro 2016.
But Ronaldo, the most followed personality on the social network Instagram, remains on a disappointing experience at Manchester United, the club where he revealed himself on the international scene between 2003 and 2009 and where he returned in August 2021 after his visits to Real Madrid (2009-18) and Juventus (2018-21). Since last summer, Ronaldo had been looking to leave Manchester United and the arrival of Erik ten Hag on the bench, which limited his playing time, did not help matters.
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