‘History in the making’ – Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr confirm Cristiano Ronaldo signing as former Manchester United becomes highest-paid footballer ever

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the highest paid player in history after joining Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr. The Portugal star has agreed a lucrative deal worth €200million [£177m] per year including commercial deals, the biggest salary ever in football, that will run until 2025. Ronaldo has been confirmed as a new signing for Al NassrTwitter: AlNassrFCTwitter: AlNassrFCThe Portuguese star was all smiles as he held a number seven jersey in the yellow and blue of his new club[/caption] Al Nassr, nine-time Saudi Pro League champions, tweeted: “History in the making. “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.” The 37-year-old said he is ‘eager to experience a new football league in a different country’. He added: “I am fortunate that I have won everything I set out to win in Euro

‘History in the making’ – Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr confirm Cristiano Ronaldo signing as former Manchester United becomes highest-paid footballer ever

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the highest paid player in history after joining Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.

The Portugal star has agreed a lucrative deal worth €200million [£177m] per year including commercial deals, the biggest salary ever in football, that will run until 2025.

Ronaldo has been confirmed as a new signing for Al Nassr
Twitter: AlNassrFC
Twitter: AlNassrFC
The Portuguese star was all smiles as he held a number seven jersey in the yellow and blue of his new club[/caption]

Al Nassr, nine-time Saudi Pro League champions, tweeted: “History in the making.

“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.”

The 37-year-old said he is ‘eager to experience a new football league in a different country’.

He added: “I am fortunate that I have won everything I set out to win in European football and feel now that this is the right moment to share my experience in Asia.”

Ronaldo had been without a club after leaving Manchester United back in November.

The decision to leave by mutual consent came after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV in which he took aim at numerous members of the club’s hierarchy, making his position at the club untenable.

One man who has been watching Ronaldo’s situation with keen interest is talkSPORT’s Manchester reporter Micky Gray who told the station that the move ‘doesn’t sit well’.

The Portugal star played at the World Cup without a club but will now play on in Saudi Arabia
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Ronaldo will now be hoping to focus on his football once again following a tough few months
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Asked if he’s surprised, Gray said: “I suppose I am. He’s a man who wants to keep breaking records. He wants to set records that nobody can reach and that means domestic goals around Europe, Champions League goals.

“I thought he wanted to play Champions League football so I thought he would have stayed around Europe. It’s a big surprise to me.

“Does Cristiano Ronaldo actually need the money? I think he’s probably going to play an ambassadorial role after playing a couple of years out there, but it doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve got to be completely honest.

“When you’ve had a career like him, and it’s been a phenomenal career because he’s been an unbelievable player, it’s a bit of a surprise.

The Portuguese star’s move is a big surprise, says Micky Gray
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“The speculation started just prior to the World Cup and then continued through the World Cup and now the pen has been put to paper.

“Look, I wish him all the best. It’s entirely up to him what he does in the latter stages of his career but I thought he might have stayed around Europe.”