Ronaldo’s transfer saga :

Ronaldo completes his transfer to Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr team.

The Portuguese superstar, who ended his contract with Manchester United before the World Cup, is anticipated to make roughly £173 million annually in Saudi Arabia.

This transfer is the result of weeks of rumours that began before the World Cup. A shocking Ronaldo interview with Piers Morgan was made public in November. He criticised Erik ten Hag, the manager of his former team Manchester United, in it. Ronaldo was let go by United shortly after the interview, making him a free agent.

“History is being written. This is a signing that will motivate not only our team to further its success but also our league, our country, and the next generation of young men and women to strive to be the best versions of themselves. Welcome to AlNassr FC, Cristiano,” the Saudi club tweeted on Sunday.

In his debut season with United, he played 292 games and put 118 goals on the board. In 54 games during his second spell, he scored 27 goals.

Ronaldo only converted one penalty shot into a goal during the World Cup in Qatar. When Portugal fell to Morocco 1-0 in the quarterfinals, his season was over. It practically ensures that Ronaldo won’t have scored a goal in the World Cup knockout rounds at the end of his career.

Although Ronaldo had skillfully planned his escape from Manchester United, it seemed that no club in Europe was interested in hiring him. Rumours that Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, and Bayern Munich were “interested” in him were quickly dispelled. Although Ronaldo was clearly past his prime, he didn’t seem to have the self-awareness to realise it. He was therefore virtually impossible for any elite squad with a long-term strategy.

Additionally, signing Ronaldo is a costly proposition. Even though his mere presence would bring the team a lot of money, hiring him would be expensive. Only a small number of elite clubs have the funds to get Cristiano Ronaldo. Furthermore, there was no sign that Ronaldo would consent to a reduced fee. The situation was hopeless.

Today, AlNassr is one of the largest clubs in Asia and is home to elite Saudi players as well as a few foreign stars like David Ospina of Colombia and Cameron’s Vincent Aboubakar, who previously played for Besiktas and Porto (formerly in Niece, Arsenal and Napoli). The most famous player to ever play professional football in Asia, Cristiano Ronaldo will be the club’s highest profile signing.

Ronaldo’s name recognition alone is important to Al-Nassr. A player of that calibre puts whatever team he joins on the radar of supporters, generating interest and money from a variety of sources. After just a few hours of signing Ronaldo, Al-Nassr saw a two-fold increase in its social media following. Due to the enormous traffic that even they did not expect, their website is currently failing. This is not solely a “footballing move,” even if Cristiano Ronaldo will still be more than a handful in the Saudi League, perhaps scoring tons of goals with some worldies mixed in.

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