Report: Cristiano Ronaldo to complete big-money Al Nassr move before New Year

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty for Portugal against Ghana to become the first player ever to net in five different World Cups.
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Cristiano Ronaldo will complete his move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr before the end of the year, according to reports.

The 37-year-old left Manchester United last month after his contract was terminated (opens in new tab) in the wake of an explosive interview with Piers Morgan (opens in new tab).

Ronaldo was quickly linked with a move to the Middle East and Marca (opens in new tab)has provided an update. 

The Spanish outlet says that the 37-year-old is currently in Dubai and preparing to fly to Saudi Arabia, where he will sign a contract with Al Nassr until June 2025 before New Year.

Talks began after Ronaldo left United, but the move was delayed due to his participation at the World Cup with Portugal, where he suffered a quarter-final exit to Morocco.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will earn around €200 million per season at his new club, between his salary and advertising agreements.

Ronaldo’s future has been shrouded in doubt since the summer, when he reportedly asked to leave Old Trafford as he wanted to compete in the Champions League.

But no major European clubs have come in for the striker and he looks set to compete in the Saudi Pro League instead.

Al Nassr, led by former Roma, Marseille and Lyon boss Rudi Garcia, are currently joint-top of the standings nine games into the season.

Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar, Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, former Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo and ex-Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez are among the high-profile names in the squad.

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The Gunners, Chelsea and Liverpool (opens in new tab) have all been strongly linked with Yunus Musah, who impressed for the USA at World Cup 2022.

Barcelona are said to be keeping tabs on Gabriel Martinelli (opens in new tab), who will enter the final year of his contract at the end of the season.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.