Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has signed a contract to play for a Saudi club. Although the financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, sources told CBS Sports last month that Al Nassr Football Club had offered Ronaldo, 37, a staggering three-year contract worth $225 million.
The club did the announcement Friday, by posting a photo of the Portuguese star holding up his new Al Nassr No.7 shirt.
“I am delighted with a new experience in another league and another country, Al Nassr’s vision is very inspiring,” Ronaldo said in a statement. “I am very happy to join my teammates and help the team achieve more success.”
Al Nassr described the signing as “history in the making”.
“This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success, but will inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls, to be the best version of themselves,” wrote the club.
The past few months have been tumultuous for Ronaldo. In November, just before the start of the Qatar World Cup, Ronaldowith Premier League giants Manchester United following a very public spat with the club. He accused Manchester United of “betraying” him, while saying he had “no respect” for head coach Erik ten Hag.
The controversy surrounding Ronaldo continued to swirl in the World Cup, when he was controversially removed from the starting XI by Portugal coach Fernando Santos ahead of the team’s Round of 16 tie against Switzerland in due to his negative reaction to being substituted in Portugal’s last group game against the South. Korea. Ronaldo came on as a second-half substitute in shocking Portugal gamein Morocco. Ronaldo, who has never won a World Cup, was in tears as he left the pitch.
Ronaldo isto score in five World Cups. He also holds the record for most goals in international football, with 118, and most goals for club and country, with 819.
Thursday, following the newsof Brazilian football legend Pelé at the age of 82, Ronaldo e to Pelé writing that “a simple ‘goodbye’ to the eternal King Pelé will never be enough to express the pain that the entire world of football is currently embracing. An inspiration for so many millions, a reference yesterday, today’ today and forever.”