Cristiano Ronaldo gets mammoth $225 million offer from Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr after Manchester United exit

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Cristiano Ronaldo has received an offer to play until he is 40 with Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr who are ready to give him a three-year deal after the World Cup, according to CBS Sports sources.

Ronaldo is a free agent after terminating his contract with Manchester United earlier this week, and has long been of interest to Al Nassr, as well as other clubs in the Middle East. CBS Sports revealed in August that interest will extend beyond the World Cup, with the 37-year-old looking to play at Europe’s highest level heading into his fifth tournament. In Portugal’s first game against Ghana, Ronaldo set another record on the international stage, scoring in his fifth World Cup.

Al Nassr hopes that Ronaldo will be ready to break new ground after the tournament, and after extensive talks with his representatives, sources close to the club say their interest is “stronger than ever”. The terms offered to Ronaldo are believed to be $75 million a year.

Due to contact that began over the summer, talks are believed to be relatively advanced, but Ronaldo’s final decision is awaited. If he decides to accept the offer, sources tell CBS Sports that the deal won’t last long.

Ronaldo asked to leave Manchester United this summer, but none of Europe’s biggest clubs were willing to offer him the Champions League platform he craved. After an explosive interview with Talk TV in which he accused United of “betraying” him and said he had no respect for head coach Erik ten Hag — statements that could have led to him being sacked by the club had a no-deal been agreed — it appears unlikely that the market has grown among the continent’s elite.

Al Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia and Asia, winning nine league titles and reaching the final of the AFC Champions League in 1995. Their big rivals Al Hilal have also been linked with a move for Ronaldo. Al Nassr’s offer is understood to be the only official contract offered to the Portugal international, whose future will remain unresolved until the end of the World Cup.

The record goalscorer in men’s international football, Ronaldo has struggled to make a big impact on Manchester United’s success since joining them from Juventus in the summer of 2021. Despite being their top scorer last season with 24 goals in 38 games in all competitions, United have fallen from second place in the Premier League the previous season to sixth place. The appointment of Erik ten Hag saw Ronaldo restricted to a supporting role, starting just four games in the top flight. Before the interview that led to his departure, the veteran forward was involved in several other controversies, leaving the pitch early during a pre-season friendly and refusing to come on as a substitute in the defeat to Tottenham.


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