A massive question mark clouds over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who remains without a club following the termination of his contract at Manchester United. Tumultuous several weeks for the Portuguese striker, where he saw himself dropping to the bench after the entry of Erik Ten Hag to Manchester United, culminated in an explosive interview with journalist Piers Morgan, where he publicly slandered the Red Devils manager, players and the owners of the club as well.
This proved to be the last straw, as the Red Devils came to a mutual agreement with the five-time Ballon d’or winner to terminate his contract with immediate effect in late November. All of this happened at the same time that the 2022 World Cup took place, where Ronaldo’s rival and contemporary, Lionel Messi capped off his already spectacular trophy cabinet with the biggest prize in football.
Ronaldo’s problematic few months started during the 20-time Premier League champions when the Champions League record goalscorer refused to come on in the last few minutes of the game and staged a public walkout before the final whistle could be blown.
Cristiano’s actions were met with Swift repercussions, as manager Erik Ten Hag suspended him from the next game. Ronaldo since played a very limited role in the Red Devils’ games from then on until his departure from the club.
There were a number of rumours which suggested that the five-time Champions League winner was looking for a new club prior to the start of the season but was unable to cement a deal with any top club. The maestro was heavily linked to Bayern Munich, but any possibility of a move for Ronaldo was quelled by club CEO Oliver Kahn, who discarded the prospect of signing the 37-year-old.
However, as per Marca, Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr appears to have strengthened their resolve to sign the Portuguese great, proposing a three-year deal with astronomically high wages of 200 million euros a season, including sponsorships and image rights.
Sources close to Ronaldo’s camp have reported that he would consider the deal if no viable deal can be struck with a top European side. It remains to be seen what will transpire, but at the moment, Al-Nassr seems a likely destination for Ronaldo.