One of the great players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a forward Portuguese professional footballer for Manchester United The premier league club. He is also in the Portugal national team and has a massive fan following all over the world, right from kids to adults!
This well-known and loved by all footballers have won five Ballon d’Or Awards and four European Golden Shoes. He has won 32 trophies which also include his 7 league titles, 5 UEFA Champions Leagues, and the UEFA European Championship awards.
In this article, we will take a deep dive into the entire series of events that took place throughout Ronaldo’s transfer from Manchester United to Chelsea.
Ronaldo’s transfer to Chelsea
Recently, the worldwide loved football player, Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed a transfer deal to Chelsea for £60 million.
Ronaldo terminated his contract on mutual grounds with Manchester United on the eve of the World Cup. This five-time Ballon d’Or winner is now a free agent and has been linked to Chelsea, from January 2023 onwards. He had also been linked to exit from Old Trafford on multiple occasions that season. After the Portuguese star claimed to feel betrayed, Manchester United was known to be under the attack of TV reporters which caught them by surprise.
After seeking legal advice, Ronaldo was allowed to exit Manchester.
Saudi was all ready to welcome Ronaldo and his advisors with open arms, by fixing his accommodation and other facilities for his way in advance.
About AI Nassr
Started in 1955, AI Nassr is based in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi, which has a total of 18 teams. AI Nassr is one the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia and has been awarded winners of the country’s top flight nine times. It is 6 points behind the champions AI Hilal after the last season. The FC has also won the country’s knockout cup, the King’s cup about 6 times, the most recent one being in 1990. Their home ground is Mrsool Park with a capacity of 25,000 people.
They finished the AFC Champions League in 1995 as runners-up. Rudi Garcia is the coach for AI Nassr.
What can Ronaldo bring to AI Nassr?
If we see Ronaldo’s career trajectory, he has scored over 700+ goals in club football and 100+ in international games. He sits at the top of the charts with a total of 819 strikes. Even though he faced certain struggles with Manchester United, he finished the game as a top scorer with 24 goals.
He became the first player to score in five world cups in the history of the past 5 events. However, he lost his place in the starting lineup after Portugal reached the knockout stages.
Ronaldo Signs the Contract
CBS reporter Ben Jacobs declared that Ronaldo has officially signed a contract with AI-Nassr, which confirms that he will be joining Chelsea. The 37-year-old highly loved and experienced player will now be on contract with Saudi Arabia for 2.5 years, worth $75m (£62m) per year.
The Portugal internationals had rejected Ronaldo’s switch to Saudi in the Summer of 2021. However, he does not have any interim Europe’s elite clubs and is now ready to move. He had expressed his need to play UEFA Champions League football, however, his contribution to the same was not much.
Ronaldo agreed to the record-breaking contract of £172.9 million per year with AI-Nassr, Saudi Arabia.
Future with Chelsea
As per the contract now with Saudi, Ronaldo will be earning hefty sums of money for image right deals, apart from his £830,000 per week wage. He will also be given the role to bid for the 2030 world cup and be given an outsized role in running AI-Nassr where he holds the power to appoint the manager as well.
Champions League Claim
Ronaldo undoubtedly had a very successful career in Europe and wanted to play for the continent in the Champions League football. However, keeping the interests of the clubs in mind that remain in Europe’s top competition, he was even offered to Eintracht Frankfurt.