Saudi Arabia holds its breath over anticipated '$207 million a year' Ronaldo deal with Al-Nassr
Portugal star Christiano Ronaldo could make a whopping $207 million a year from a potential deal to Saudi football giants Al-Nassr.
It would mark a seismic shift in his career. The superstar striker has played for European giants Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, and is now touted to make a move to Riyadh.
Spanish media outlet Marca claims Ronaldo would net £344 million from a two-and-a-half-year deal with Al-Nassr, working out at £3.3m-a-week before tax. Others have reported the sum to be even higher.
The New Arab could not verify the report while Al-Nassr has also been silent on the deal, but the Riyadh club has been keen to sign Ronaldo, who is currently competing at the World Cup, before.
Earlier this year, Ronaldo rejected another huge offer from Al-Nassr, saying he was happy at Manchester United.
Since then, the forward's relationship with the club has come to an acrimonious end following an explosive interview where he revealed his thoughts about the Premier League club's management.
The termination of his contract means Al-Nassr would not have to pay Manchester United for the star.
Saudi Arabia has poured millions into its professional league, attracting stars from across the world.
Signing Ronaldo would be a huge boost for Saudi domestic football. He still has one of the biggest profiles in the sport despite pundits saying he is past his prime.