In announcing Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing on Tuesday, Al Nassr’s president said the Portugal great deserves to be the highest-paid player in the world.
According to reports, Ronaldo turned down “many clubs” around the world to complete one of the most surprising transfers in sports history.
Musalli Almuammar, president of Al Nassr, would not confirm the exact figures in the two-and-a-half-year contract.
Almuammar said, “He is the best player in football history, so it is normal he will be the highest paid. It is something he really deserves, so he deserves all the money he will take.”
Fireworks and smoke machines accompanied Ronaldo’s presentation at Al Nassr’s Mrsool Park.
After rejecting offers from Europe, North America, and other leagues, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus forward will play in the Saudi Pro League.
Despite sitting in a room full of journalists, Ronaldo only answered questions from the master of ceremonies during his news conference where he only answered questions from the master of ceremonies. In Europe, I have completed my work. I have won everything and played for the best clubs.
For the first time in his storied career, the 37-year-old Portuguese international will play outside Europe after winning five Ballon d’Or awards.
The truth is I had many opportunities in Europe, Brazil, Australia, the U.S., even Portugal. I gave my word to this club.” “I want to give a different vision of this country and football. That’s why I took this opportunity.”
Fans made their way to the stadium early in anticipation of Ronaldo’s introduction during the day.