Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join Saudi Arabian top-flight outfit Al Nassr, after reportedly signing a two-year contract with the club.
It is understood that the 37 year-old put pen to paper on a contract for the Riyadh based club on Friday afternoon. The deal ends a brief free agency period for Ronaldo, whose contract was terminated by Premier League side Manchester United last month just before the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Sources with knowledge of the negotiations say that Ronaldo has already completed the parts of his medical necessary to sign his contract, while a second set of tests are expected to take place next week.
Al Nassr are expected to formally announce the deal, following an away game on Saturday against Al Khaleej. It is said that Ronaldo will earn a mammoth $200m dollars per season.
Ronaldo is coming off a disappointing World Cup where despite Portugal’s run to the quarter-finals, the superstar lost his place in the starting XI as the tournament entered the knockout stages.
Contact between Ronaldo and Al Nassr began over the summer but the striker was still looking for a destination to ply his trade in Europe and keep him at the pinnacle of the game ahead of November’s World Cup in Qatar. With no offers available, he returned to Old Trafford though the relationship between player and club quickly soured, and now that the World Cup has ended, he has taken Al Nassr up on their offer to begin the next stage of his career.