Al-Nasr “have booked Cristiano Ronaldo’s medical as they look to wrap up his £173m-a-year move” … and the Portuguese star “will be given a say in appointing the club’s manager” as he closes lucrative switch to Saudi Arabia
- Cristiano Ronaldo is edging closer to a move to Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr
- The club reportedly booked Ronaldo’s medical ahead of his move
- Ronaldo is set to earn around £173million a year if he agrees to join the club
- He will also have a say in appointing a manager at the club if he joins them
Al-Nassr has reportedly booked Cristiano Ronaldo’s medical as they close to bringing the Portuguese star to Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo had his Manchester United contract terminated last month after he gave a bombshell interview to Piers Morgan where he criticized the club and manager Erik ten Hag. The 37-year-old has been looking for a new team ever since, and is now looking to move to the Middle East.
Al-Nasr are growing confident that Ronaldo will choose to join them, and have scheduled a medical, plus booked accommodation for the forward and his advisers, according to CBS Sports.
Al-Nassr ordered Cristiano Ronaldo’s medical as he edged closer to joining them
Ronaldo has been looking for a new club since leaving Manchester United last month
They are optimistic that the deal will go through at the start of the January transfer window, having already agreed the wider terms of Ronaldo’s contract.
Ronaldo is set to earn $75m a year (£62m) if he accepts Al-Nassr’s offer, while image rights and other endorsements could see that figure rise significantly to around £173m a year.
As well as becoming Saudi Arabian football’s biggest star on the pitch, Ronaldo will also have a major role off the pitch if he accepts Al-Nasr’s offer.
He will reportedly get a role in appointing the team’s manager if he wants.
Al-Nasr is currently managed by Rudy Garcia, who previously coached Lille, Roma and Marseille during his time in Europe.
Ronaldo had a difficult end to 2022 after falling out of favor at Old Trafford before leaving the club for the second time.
Ronaldo would be a huge signing for the Saudi Arabian club, with shirt sales likely to go through the roof
Al-Nassr has booked accommodation for Ronaldo and those close to him as they grow confident he will choose to join them
The World Cup in Qatar didn’t go to plan for him either, as he scored just once from the penalty spot and was dropped for the last 16 and quarter-final clash with Portugal by manager Fernando Santos.
Portugal lost in the last eight against Morocco, with Ronaldo leaving the field in tears in what was likely to be his final World Cup.
He then had to watch his long-time rival Lionel Messi win the tournament with Argentina the following week.
Ronaldo assessed his options before deciding on his club future, as he waited to see if a European club would come for him.
However, his chances of staying in Europe appear to have decreased by the day, and he now looks to be on the verge of a move to Saudi Arabia instead.