Cristiano Ronaldo signs deal worth $75 million per season with Saudi Arabian club

After parting ways with Manchester United last month, Cristiano Ronaldo has found a sweet deal elsewhere.

The Portuguese superstar signed a deal with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr. 

The club made the announcement Friday.

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Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after a goal.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after a goal.
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“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,” the team said on Twitter.

The deal covers the next 2½ seasons, and Ronaldo will make $75 million a year.

Ronaldo is fresh off his fifth World Cup, where Portugal finished in eighth place after being knocked out by Morocco in the quarterfinals. It was a disappointing tournament for him, though, as he lost his starting job in the knockout stage.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo rests against a goalpost during an English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, April 16, 2022.

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo rests against a goalpost during an English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, April 16, 2022.
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The two sides spoke over the summer, but he was still trying to play in Europe. Ronaldo is expected to play a role in the Saudis’ bid for the 2030 World Cup.

Al Nassr is one of Asia’s most successful clubs, winning nine league titles.

Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester United was terminated after he criticized the team in an explosive TV interview, saying he felt “betrayed” by the club and claimed that senior officials had tried to force him out. He also added he had “no respect” for coach Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during a Europa League Group E soccer match between Sheriff Tiraspol and Manchester United at Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau, Moldova, Sept. 15, 2022. 

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during a Europa League Group E soccer match between Sheriff Tiraspol and Manchester United at Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau, Moldova, Sept. 15, 2022. 
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CBS Sports notes that logistics for Ronaldo’s move have been “firmed up” by the club, including a home near the training ground.

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