‘Done Deal’: Ronaldo signs €200m deal with Al-Nassr

Karan Tejwani
Karan Tejwani
  • 6 Dec 2022 07:40 GMT
  • 3 min read
Cristiano Ronaldo, Al-Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to have a new club in the new year and it’s one that not many expected: Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia, with a deal set to be agreed soon.

Ronaldo has been without a club for two weeks now following the termination of his contract at Manchester United having wanted to leave for a while.

The Portuguese star’s unsanctioned interview with Piers Morgan ended up being the final straw in his relationship with the club as he criticized the structure, the manager and the ownership of the club.

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Now, he’s set to move to Saudi Arabia after the World Cup and continue his career in Asia, according to Marca, who suggest he’s going to earn big in the Middle East.

Over the last few months, several clubs have shown an interest in Ronaldo, although none of the Champions League calibre that Ronaldo was looking to move to.

It’s not clear when the decision to confirm Ronaldo’s deal to Al-Nassr will be made official, but it’s understood to happen after Portugal’s World Cup campaign as he is fully focused on it.

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A statement from Al-Nassr said: "We are huge admirers and we, as any club, would love to sign him but understand his focus now is only on the World Cup.”

Although Ronaldo is a free agent, he is not allowed to sign for a new club until 1 January as he was contracted to Manchester United when the last transfer window closed.

Ronaldo had seven months on his Manchester United contract when it was terminated and the two parties agree an exit without a penny having to be paid.

Ronaldo has scored once in the World Cup thus far – a penalty against Ghana in the opening game – and is set to face Switzerland for a place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday evening.