Xtra Time Web Desk: Portugese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was officially presented by Al Nassr FC at a glittering ceremony in front of a packed Mrsool Park stadium in Riyadh on Tuesday night. The five-time Ballon D’Or winner officially completed his signing for the Saudi Arabian club.
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 in one of the most surprising transfers in the sport’s 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,” Ronaldo said at a press conference organized by his new club.
For a player of the stature of Ronaldo, who has won five Champions League titles, will play outside of Europe for the first time in his glittering career.
Ronaldo was presented to fans in front of his family at the 25,000-capacity Mrsool Park in Riyadh, which will now become his new home after agreeing on a deal reportedly worth up to $200 million a year — making him the highest-paid soccer player in history.
Excitement built throughout the day ahead of Ronaldo’s introduction, with fans making their way to the stadium early in anticipation of his arrival.
Large video screens on the exterior walls of the ground had Ronaldo’s photo in Al Nassr’s yellow and blue shirt.
The 37-year-old Portugal international had his contract with Manchester United terminated in November after giving an explosive TV interview in which he criticized manager Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
It is not clear if Ronaldo will make his debut for Al Nassr on Thursday as they take on Al Ta’ee.