Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to reports he’s set to sign for Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to reports he’s set to sign for Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo has denied rumors linking him with a move to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, stating that they are “not true.”

The 37-year-old quit Manchester United last month after making a number of contentious statements in a television interview with Piers Morgan, which strained his relationship with club officials.

Since his exit from Old Trafford, rumors have persisted about which club Ronaldo may join, as the forward is currently a free agent into the second half of the season.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was reportedly close to signing a contract with Al Nassr that would have paid him close to €200 million (£173 million) per year.

According to the Spanish publication MARCA, Ronaldo, who is now a free agent, will sign a contract with the Middle Eastern club at the beginning of next month.

The publication stated that the initial arrangement was worth close to €100 million (£86 million), but that it would have been enhanced by other agreements such as advertising and sponsorship partnerships.

However, following Portugal’s 6-1 victory against Switzerland in the Round of 16 of the World Cup, in which Ronaldo was replaced by Goncalo Ramos, the veteran superstar denied rumors of a move to the Middle East.

He told reporters after the game, “No, that’s not true – not true.”

Al Nassr reportedly proposed a two-and-a-half-year contract through the summer of 2025.

Monday, sources close to Ronaldo told Sportsmail that claims of a completed agreement were “nonsense.”

During the World Cup campaign, the forward had not commented on his future, but it now appears that he will not be traveling to Saudi Arabia.

In the aforementioned astonishing interview with Morgan, Ronaldo revealed that rumors of a €350 million offer for two seasons from an undisclosed Saudi Arabian club in the summer were real – and that he had rejected it.

Al-Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, having won the country’s first division nine times, with the most recent title coming in 2019.

Following Portugal’s victory against Switzerland, Ronaldo will face Morocco in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. (GMT).

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to reports he’s set to sign for Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr

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