Following his departure from Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is said to have agreed to a record-breaking contract with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.
During a TV interview with Piers Morgan earlier this month, the 37-year-old triggered his Old Trafford exit by saying he did not respect Erik ten Hag, among other inflammatory things.
The Red Devils sought legal guidance before terminating Ronaldo’s contract, only days before the commencement of the World Cup, in which he is presently representing Portugal.
However, after the tournament in Qatar, much of the world’s attention will go to Ronaldo’s next club. According to Marca, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is set to sign a £173 million-a-year contract with Al Nassr.
The Daily Mail reported that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, had held talks with Newcastle, which came as a great surprise to Magpies fans.
Previously, when asked about the possibility of acquiring Ronaldo, head coach Eddie Howe reiterated the club’s policy of recruiting young players to reduce the average age of the squad.
“He’s a fantastic player,” Howe stated. “Look at his goal total from last year. It was unbelievable.” The transfer worked for me; it was a success.
“He scored some huge goals last year, including some crucial late goals in the Champions League.” He is still a fantastic player who should never be overlooked.
“We’re attempting to give long-term growth and have a longer-term vision.” We currently have an aging group, thus we will most likely need to invest in additional young players. That’s undoubtedly a significant component of our progress.
“We need to reduce the average age, so it might not be a signing that we would necessarily aim to make – but we would not underestimate the player’s quality.”
Al-Nassr, led by former Roma, Marseille, and Lyon manager Rudi Garcia, is one of Saudi Arabia’s most successful clubs, having won the country’s top flight nine times.
Newcastle will go to Riyadh for a week-long training camp next week as part of their preparations for the return of the Premier League, which will feature a friendly against Saudi Pro League champions Al-Hilal.