Cristiano Ronaldo is on the transfer market, although the manner of his departure from Manchester United has put him in a position where he may not have too many suitors to continue playing football this season.
A step back is inevitable and there are signs that indicate that his destination will be Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia, a growing football nation (well demonstrated with the victory against Argentina) but far from the competitive level that Cristiano Ronaldo demands.
Last summer he received offer substantial offers from Saudi Arabia, as MARCA reported at the time and that the Portuguese acknowledged in an interview last week.
On that occasion the proposal reached 242 million euros for two seasons. The Portuguese rejected it because of his desire to continue in the fight for important titles and because of his aim to further boost his numbers in the Champions League, something that Manchester United have not been able to offer him.
The European giants have turned their backs on him and the truth is that no one can afford his assumed wage demands, nor do they want to risk adding such a big presence to the dressing room mid-season.
Al-Nassr’s dream of signing Cristiano Ronaldo
Al-Nassr‘s owner, Prince Faisal Bin Turki, is looking for a coup and Cristiano Ronaldo‘s arrival would put the team and the competition on the map.
The proposal is very close to the one received last summer. Now the circumstances are different and the Portuguese seems determined to take the plunge.
Spanish center-back Alvaro Gonzalez is one of the key parts of the team, managed by Rudy Garcia. It is a club used to fighting for Saudi and Gulf titles, that is to say, far from the glamour of European competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s difficult few years
The truth is that Cristiano Ronaldo‘s experiences after leaving Real Madrid in 2018 have been largely negative.
His departure from Juventus was complicated and very tense with his teammates, while his departure from United is far messier.
On Thursday, he starts his fifth World Cup, doing so without a club but very close to what could be his next destination, Al-Nassr.