Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to lace his boots for Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr, according to reports from Marca, with the Spanish outlet claiming he will sign a deal on January 1, 2023.
The 37 year-old looks to have finally found himself a new club following his dramatic exit from Manchester United just two days before the start of the World Cup, when he made a number of controversial statements in a TV interview with journalist Piers Morgan.
The deal is worth nearly £200m and is set to be one of the most lucrative in history and would make him the best-paid sportsman in history. Marca claims that the initial deal will be worth close to €100m (£86m), but will be incentivised by further agreements such as advertisement and sponsorship deals.
Al-Nassr are one of the most successful clubs in Saudi, having won the Saudi league nine times, with their most recent triumph coming in 2019. They play at Mrsool Park, which has a capacity of 25,000. Their chairman, Musalli Almuammar, was previously the president of the entire division, the Saudi Pro League, between March 2018 and March 2020.
The Saudi giants also currently have in their ranks the likes of former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo and Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar – who scored a contender for goal of the tournament at the World Cup last week.