How much money will Cristiano Ronaldo make at Al-Nassr? Salary and contract details
Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr following his bitter departure from Manchester United.
“History in the making,” Al Nassr tweeted.
“This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves. Welcome @Cristiano to your new home @AlNassrFC.”
Ronaldo’s move is seen as effectively bringing down the curtain on one of the greatest careers in the history of elite European Football.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has lifted the Champions League trophy on five occasions – four times with Real Madrid and once with United, while his tally of 140 goals is the highest recorded in Europe’s premier club competition.
Ronaldo is also Madrid’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals, while he became the highest-scoring player in the history of men’s international football last year – he now has 118 senior goals for Portugal.
However, he has fallen short of those incredible standards in recent months, with a group-stage penalty against Ghana representing his only goal at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, though that did make him the first man to net at five different editions of FIFA’s flagship tournament.
Having been relegated to the role of substitute for Portugal’s last two games, Ronaldo maintained his unwanted record of never scoring in a knockout fixture at the World Cup before watching his great rival Lionel Messi lead Argentina to their third title.
Al Nassr are coached by former Lyon boss Rudi Garcia and count Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar and ex-Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina among their squad.
The Riyadh-based side have won Saudi Arabia’s top flight on nine occasions – a tally only bettered by Al Hilal, who have 18 titles to their name.
The Portuguese striker’s deal with the Saudi Pro League side will run for two-and-a-half years through to June 2025 with the player set to earn total salary of €214m per year once commercial agreements are also included. The deal is thought to be the highest salary ever paid to a professional footballer.
In the official announcement confirming the move, no figures of the deal were released, but sources consulted by this newspaper have denied that his salary will hit an excess of $200 million per season.
Ronaldo is also expected to assume an ambassadorial role for the strongly rumoured 2030 World Cup which Saudi Arabia are reported to be making along with Greece and Egypt.