Cristiano Ronaldo was officially presented by Al Nassr as the Saudi Arabian club’s superstar new signing on Tuesday and said he turned down multiple other offers from Europe and North America.
The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus forward has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to play in the Saudi Pro League and, according to reports, will receive $75 million (USD) per year to make him the highest-paid player in history.
“I’m so proud to make this big decision in my life. In Europe, my work is done. I won everything and played for the most important clubs in Europe. This is a new challenge.”
He said he turned down other offers from different teams around the world before joining Al Nassr.
Upon joining his new club the attention has shifted in terms of an online audience. The clubs’ social media welcome new followers.
Al Nassr has hit 6 million followers, which is more than Europe’s elite teams like Sevilla, Valencia, Roma, Napoli, Aston Villa, and Everton. CR7 EFFECT
Ronaldo batted away questions about criticism of his move to Saudi Arabia, saying,
“I’m a unique player, for me it’s normal.”
Al Nassr coach Rudi Garcia said the signing of Ronaldo was a huge step for the Saudi Arabian league.
“In my life, I’ve seen that great players like Cristiano are the simplest to manage, because there’s nothing I can teach him,” Garcia told reporters.
“Like he said, we are here to win, nothing else. I want him to enjoy playing with Al Nassr and winning with Al Nassr, just that.”
Well, the wheels have started to turn and we are super keen to see what the future has to offer CR7 in the Saudi League.