Cristiano Ronaldo will sign for Al Nasr before the end of the year

Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a £175m contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr club before the end of the year, according to Marca.

The 37-year-old’s contract with Manchester United was terminated earlier this month after the club specified in an interview with Piers Morgan.

Ronaldo – who is currently in Dubai – was linked with the Saudi club ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but declined to comment as he was focused on the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo is said to sign a £175m contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr club before the end of the year.

According to Marca, Al-Nassr want to sign Ronaldo before the end of the year and have offered the 37-year-old a whopping £175m-a-year deal to secure his services.

Reportedly, the lucrative deal will keep Ronaldo at the Saudi club until at least 2025 and could be extended.

Ronaldo and his family are said to be waiting in Dubai until the deal – which includes advertising agreements – is confirmed.

Ronaldo is currently a free agent after being released by Premier League giants Man United

Ronaldo is currently a free agent after being released by Premier League giants Man United

He shared a video of himself at the gym in Dubai while waiting for the deal to be confirmed

He shared a video of himself at the gym in Dubai while waiting for the deal to be confirmed

The Portugal international turned down a move to Saudi Arabia last summer but, without any strong interest from Europe’s elite clubs, he now appears ready to make the move.

Al-Nassr is one of the most successful clubs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it has won the first division title in the country nine times, and its last victory was in 2019.

In both 2020 and 2021, Al-Nassr may not have won the league, but they managed to win the Saudi Super Cup. However, they are She has struggled to make a splash on the world stage.

Although they competed in the Club World Cup in the 1999-2000 season. They played against one of Ronaldo’s former clubs, Real Madrid, and lost 3-1.

They went on to beat Raja Casablanca 4-3, but lost 2-0 to Brazilian Corinthians as they missed out on a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Ronaldo (left) exited the 2022 World Cup after Portugal lost to Morocco

Ronaldo (left) exited the 2022 World Cup after Portugal lost to Morocco

He left the stadium in tears and took to Instagram shortly after to explain his grief

He left the stadium in tears and took to Instagram shortly after to explain his grief

Al-Nassr is currently managed by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who previously coached Rome, Marseille and Lyon. They also play in a 25,000 capacity stadium.

Therefore, Ronaldo joining the victory will be great for the club and the country.

The Saudi sports minister said earlier that he would “love” to see Ronaldo play in the country’s domestic soccer league.

Prince Abdulaziz said in an interview with BBC Sport: “Everything is possible, I would like to see Ronaldo play in the Saudi League.

It will benefit the league and the sports ecosystem in Saudi Arabia and will inspire youth for the future. He is a role model for many children and has a huge fan base.

Vincent Abo Bakr (pictured) is among the big stars who currently play for Al-Nassr

Former Arsenal and Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina (pictured) is among the other big names

Vincent Abubakar and David Ospina currently play for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia

Prince Abdulaziz previously said he would 'love' to see Ronaldo play in the league

Prince Abdulaziz previously said he would ‘love’ to see Ronaldo play in the league

Ronaldo’s move comes shortly after his contract with Manchester United was terminated. He parted ways with the club after an explosive interview with Morgan saw him criticize the club, Erik ten Hag and the Glazers.

His move also comes after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – where Ronaldo fell short of his dream of lifting the trophy with Portugal.

Instead, he was knocked out of the tournament when Portugal lost 1-0 to Morocco in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Qatar.

The 37-year-old came off the bench to replace Ruben Neves early in the second half, and Portugal trailed 1-0 after Youssef En-Nesyri’s opening goal. However, it failed to inspire a comeback.

Ronaldo also missed a late chance after slamming a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Yassine Bono, which was among Portugal’s string of failed chances.

Ronaldo was clearly upset after the match. The camera captured the captain of Portugal walking down in tears.

The Portugal captain also fell out with Fernando Santos after he made the bold decision to drop Ronaldo ahead of his side’s last-16 clash against Switzerland.

He lost patience with the 37-year-old striker after his negative reaction after being substituted against South Korea during the group stage.

Ronaldo hopes to let go of that negativity as he moves to victory. However, fans had previously shocked Ronaldo on social media for his relationship with the Saudi club.

One fan tweeted: “Cristiano Ronaldo ‘The best clubs want me, and I’m still going to stay at the highest level’ about to sign for 200 million euros per season in Saudi Arabia. Like what! As if Messi is going to America!! Vffs.

Another added: “There is a great contradiction for Ronaldo who wants football in the Champions League.” While someone wrote: “No matter the money, Ronaldo will just go to #Saudi to score some easy goals until his goal tally is falsely inflated so he can beat Messi.”

Others said: “Mao Ronaldo fans… I hope you all go to Saudi Arabia with him. My manager hasn’t been proven wrong yet, I haven’t had a decent goal yet. Just a penalty.”

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