Cristiano Ronaldo

Earlier this week, Cristiano Ronaldo became a free agent after forcing his exit from Manchester United through his tell-all interview with Piers Morgan. Ronaldo has now received an official offer from one of Saudi Arabia’s most successful clubs. 

Per James Benge and Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports, Al Nassr has extended quite the deal to the thirty-seven-year-old Portuguese legend after the completion of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. “Al Nassr hope that following the tournament Ronaldo will be keen to break new ground and after extensive talks with his representatives sources close to the club say their interest is ‘stronger than ever.’ The terms on offer to Ronaldo are understood to be worth $75 million a year.”

The contract is reportedly for $225 million for three club seasons–roughly $44,000 a minute of gameplay.

However, Ronaldo doesn’t need any more money. He wants a chance to win another Champions League trophy with any team still in the fight that will have him. 

The offer would have Ronaldo playing into his forties–a rarity for a player, which would help further cement Ronaldo as one of the greatest to ever play, especially if he makes an impact.

Ronaldo led Manchester United in goals last season, netting 24 and helping a nervy team find their footing in the dominant English Premier League.

But in his interview with Piers Morgan, while Ronaldo mentioned an offer to play in Saudi Arabia, he said he turned it down. There, he merely mentioned the offer to point out how big teams still want him.

[CBS Sports; photo from Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport, via USA Today Sports]

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