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(Reuters) -Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian membership Al Nassr on a 2-1/2 yr contract, the membership introduced on Friday, after leaving Manchester United to turn into a free agent.
Ronaldo departed Outdated Trafford final month following an explosive tv interview during which the 37-year-old ahead stated he felt betrayed by the membership and didn’t respect their Dutch supervisor Erik ten Hag.
Al Nassr issued an announcement saying the five-time Ballon D’or winner will be a part of on a deal till 2025 however didn’t disclose any monetary particulars. Ronaldo’s contract has been estimated by media to be value greater than 200 million euros ($214.04 million).
“I’m lucky that I’ve received all the pieces I got down to win in European soccer and really feel now that that is the best second to share my expertise in Asia,” Ronaldo stated within the assertion.
“I’m trying ahead to becoming a member of my new group mates and along with them assist the Membership to attain success.”
Ronaldo will arrive in Saudi Arabia with an unlimited assortment of membership honours after a glittering spell at Spanish giants Actual Madrid from 2009-18 the place he received two LaLiga titles, two Spanish Cups, 4 Champions League titles and three Membership World Cups.
He went on to attain a membership document 451 instances for Actual and has greater than 800 senior objectives general for membership and nation.
Ronaldo claimed two Serie A titles and a Copa Italia trophy in three years at Juventus earlier than rejoining United with whom he had bagged three Premier League crowns, the FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League and Membership World Cup.
He performed for Portugal in Qatar, the place he turned the primary participant to attain in 5 World Cups after netting a penalty in his facet’s opening Group H recreation in opposition to Ghana. Portugal had been knocked out within the quarter-finals by Morocco.
Ronaldo stated Qatar would in all probability be his final World Cup as he plans to retire at 40, with a transfer to Saudi Arabia more likely to mark the swansong within the profession one of many recreation’s biggest present gamers alongside Lionel Messi.
“That is greater than historical past within the making,” Al Nassr Soccer Membership President Musalli Almuammar stated. “It is a signing that won’t solely encourage our membership to attain even better success however encourage our league, our nation and future generations.”
The Saudi Arabian membership, who’ve received 9 Saudi Professional Premier League titles, are hoping Ronaldo can assist them win one other home league title and a primary AFC Asian Champions League.
Nonetheless, the Portuguese ahead will miss his first two home video games after being banned for knocking a telephone out of a fan’s hand after United’s defeat at Everton in April.
($1 = 0.9344 euros)