Al-Nassr FC wants to keep Cristiano Ronaldo for how long?
Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for Al-Nassr FC on Sunday. The club now believes they can be the last team Ronaldo plays for, according to a report from ESPN.
Ronaldo debuted against Ettifaq in his first match for the Saudi Pro League team since moving from Manchester United. Despite not scoring, Ronaldo and Al-Nassr won 1-0 to move back into first place on the table.
Al-Nassr signed the Portuguese star to a two-and-a-half-year contract worth $200 million per year. This contract will keep Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia until 2025, but Al-Nassr plans on offering an extension if Ronaldo wants to continue his playing career in Saudi Arabia — an attempt to keep him in the country until he retires.
At 37 years of age, Ronaldo is nearing the end of his career. He will be 40 years old when his current Al-Nassr contract expires. There was talk of him having signed a contract with the club through 2030 with two-and-a-half years as a player before becoming an ambassador for Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid. These reports were denied by the club.
While he may not be a part of aiding Saudi Arabia’s World Cup bid, Ronaldo is helping the league grow as Al-Nassr becomes a dangerous team in Asia. Since arriving, he has introduced new practice ideas that he learned from his time playing in Europe.
Ronaldo spent the majority of his career playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. In his time in Europe, he became the continent’s greatest-ever player and is bringing his experience to Saudi Arabia.
Al-Nassr and Cristiano Ronaldo play next on Thursday, Jan. 26 in the semifinal of the Saudi Super Cup. They take on Al Ittihad for a place in the final against the winner of Al Hilal and Al Feiha.
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