Ronaldo – who is currently in Dubai – was linked with the Saudi Arabian club before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but refused to comment as he was focused on the tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly sign a £175m-a-year deal with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr 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.
The lucrative deal will reportedly keep Ronaldo at the Saudi Arabian 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
He shared a video of himself in the gym in Dubai while he waits for the deal to be confirmed
The Portugal international rejected a switch to Saudi last summer, but without any firm interest from Europe’s elite clubs, he looks set to now make the move.
Al Nassr are one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, having being crowned winners of the country’s top flight nine times, with their most recent triumph coming in 2019.
In both 2020 and 2021, Al-Nassr may not have won the league, but they did manage to win the Saudi Super Cup. However, they have struggled to make a splash on the global scene. Their only Club World Cup appearance came in the 1999-2000 season, where 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 side Corinthians as they missed out on a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
Ronaldo (left) crashed out of the 2022 World Cup after Portugal lost to Morocco
He left the pitch in tears and took to Instagram shortly after to explain his heartbreak
Al Nassr are currently managed by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who has previously coached Roma, Marseille and Lyon. They also play in a 25,000 seater stadium.
Ronaldo joining Al Nassr would be monumental for the club and the country as a whole given they are looking to become a major sporting nation.
Saudi Arabia’s Sports Minister previously claimed he would ‘love’ to see Ronaldo play in the nation’s domestic football league.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Prince Abdulaziz said: ‘Anything is possible, I would love to see Ronaldo play in the Saudi league.
‘It would benefit the league, the sports eco-system in Saudi and it will inspire the youth for the future. He’s a role model to a lot of kids and has a big fan base.’
Vincent Aboubakar and David Ospina are currently playing for Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdulaziz previously said he’d ‘love’ to see Ronaldo play in their league
Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassar comes shortly after his contract with Premier League giants, Manchester United, was terminated.
He parted ways with the club after giving an explosive interview with Piers Morgan that saw him criticise the club, Erik ten Hag and the Glazers.
His move also comes after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – where Ronaldo failed to fulfil his dream of lifting the trophy.
Instead, he crashed out of the tournament when Portugal lost 1-0 to Morocco in the quarter-final.
The 37-year-old came off the bench to replace Ruben Neves early in the second half with Portugal trailing 1-0 after Youssef En-Nesyri’s opener. However, he failed to inspire a comeback.
Ronaldo also squandered a late chance after drilling a right-footed effort into goalkeeper Yassine Bounou’s hands, which was among a string of failed Portugal opportunities.
Ronaldo was visibly upset after the game. The camera’s captured the Portugal captain walking off in tears.
He also fell out with Fernando Santos during the World Cup earlier this month.
Their rift played out after Santos made the bold choice to drop Ronaldo ahead of his side’s last-16 clash against Switzerland.
He had lost patience with the 37-year-old forward following his negative reaction after being substituted against South Korea during the group stage.
Ronaldo will be hoping to let go of such negativity when he moves to Al Nassr. However, fans previously slated the striker on social media for being linked to the Saudi Arabian club.
One fan tweeted: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo “Top Clubs want me, I’m still going to stay at the highest levels” About to sign for €200 million a season in Saudi Arabia. Like what! It’s like Messi going to America!! Ffs.’
Another added: ‘So much for Ronaldo wanting champions league football a contradiction.’ While, one wrote: ‘Money aside, Ronaldo is only going to #Saudi to score some easy goals so that his goal tally is falsely inflated so that he can beat Messi.’
Others said: ‘lmao Ronaldo fanboys… hope you guys go all the way to Saudi with him. Not still proven my manager wrong, not gotten a decent goal yet. Just a penalty’.