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Cristiano Ronaldo is signed by the Saudi club Al Nassr after abrupt departure from Manchester after controversial interview


“He will inspire our league, our nation and future generations,” Al Nassr said in making the announcement, ending weeks of speculation. The transfer comes after Ronaldo unexpectedly left Manchester United in November after offering controversial statements.

The Saudi club Al Nassr announced this Friday that the Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo, considered one of the best soccer players in the world, will join the club after signing

a contract that will run until 2025.

In a message on the social network Twitter the team unveiled the high-profile move: "We are making history. This signing will not only inspire our club to achieve even more success, but it will also inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls, to be the best version of themselves. Welcome @Cristiano to your new home Al Nassr."

The contract comes just weeks after Ronaldo unexpectedly left Manchester United in November after giving a controversial interview with a British channel in which he criticized the team, saying he felt "betrayed" and had "no respect". by coach Erik ten Hag.

[Cristiano Ronaldo feels "betrayed" by Manchester United and says he doesn't respect his manager]

"Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, effective immediately," the English Premier League club said in a statement at the time.

"The club thanks him for his immense contribution during two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family all the best for the future."

"Following discussions with Manchester United, we have agreed to terminate our contract early," the striker said in a statement.

“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never change.

However, I feel that the time is right to look for a new challenge”, he added.

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Ronaldo will earn $75 million a year, CBS Sports revealed in November, when the 37-year-old was still evaluating his options in Europe and other regions, but no serious suitors emerged.

The striker is coming off a disappointing performance at the World Cup where, despite Portugal reaching the quarterfinals, the superstar lost his starting spot in the knockout stages.

According to CBS Sports, contact between Ronaldo and Al Nassr began in the summer, but the player was still looking for a destination in Europe to thus stay at the top of the game before the World Cup in Qatar in November.

With no offers, he returned to United, where that marriage quickly soured.

At the end of the World Cup, he accepted Al Nassr's offer to start the next stage of his career.

With information from The Associated Press, BBC, CBS Sports.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2022-12-30

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