As reported by CBS Sports’ James Benge, Faris Najd has come forward with a three-year contract for the 37-year-old superstar, which would be set to net him ~£186million across the duration of the offered terms.
Ronaldo would be in line to bank ~£62million-a-year should he decide to jet set off to Riyadh to ply his trade at Mrsool Park for one of the nation’s most successful clubs on the domestic front.
Per Benge’s report, interest from Al Nassr is “stronger than ever” according to sources close to the capital outfit, but will have to hinge their bets on the massive financial package being enough to entice Ronaldo to star in the Saudi Professional League rather than hopefully secure a free move in January to a top side in Europe that could offer continental appearances in either the Champions League or Europa League.
The Portuguese legend recently scored in his fifth World Cup to add another page to a fairytale career at the top level of football across a glistening career for club and country, and his potential arrival in Saudi Arabia would constitute the biggest name to ever grace football in the Arab world.
Al Nassr offers an interesting option for Ronaldo, given the club’s track record of boasting the second-most titles in Saudi football behind Al-Hilal, while also featuring in continental competition as well as taking home multiple domestic cup honors.
Terms offered to Ronaldo on the back of long-standing interest come at an interesting time as Saudi Arabia is part of one of three joint-venture offers to host the 2030 World Cup, with Ronaldo’s time in-country surely capable of boosting the popularity of the sport even further while Ronaldo himself could certainly be asked to be one of the faces of the tournament bid should he enjoy his time there if his decision finds him in Riyadh.