The forward was unveiled by Al Nassr in front of 25,000 fans
Cristiano Ronaldo has opened a new chapter in his career. After a trophy-laden two decades in Europe, he has moved to Saudi Arabia to join Al Nassr.
In his unveiling by the Saudi club, it was clear that Ronaldo isn’t just an elite sportsman; he’s a media star. He filled out Mrsool Park.
“This contract is unique, but I’m a unique player,” the 37-year-old forward told reporters in his first press conference as an Al Nassr footballer.
His new coach, Rudi Garcia, said: “Cristiano’s one of the best players in football history. It’s really a fantastic thing that he's come to play for us.”
“Great players like Cristiano are the simplest to manage. There’s nothing I can teach him. We’ll share our experience and we’re here to win.”
Ronaldo has signed a huge deal. His $17.5m monthly salary breaks down to around $580,000 a day, $24,000 an hour, $400 a minute and $7 a second.
Asked about the star's bumper pay packet, Al Nassr president Musalli al Muammar said: “It’s a beneficial deal in terms of profitability.”
Ronaldo passed up offers from several other clubs to join Al Nassr: “I had many opportunities in Europe, Brazil, Australia, the US, even Portugal…”
“But I gave my word to this club. I want to give a different vision of this country and football. This is why I took this opportunity.”
After his unveiling, Ronaldo took to the pitch to train with his new team-mates. He’s ruled out a return to Europe, but there are rumours…
Mohammed bin Salman owns not only Al Nassr, but also Premier League club Newcastle United, who are spending big and currently sit in the top four.
Per Fichajes.net, there is a clause in Ronaldo’s contract that would enable him to join the Magpies if they qualify for the Champions League.
Whatever happens, he has left an indelible mark on the European game: in 1,142 appearances for club and country, he has racked up 819 goals.