The Portuguese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has arrived in Saudi Arabia with a smile on his face as he prepares to be officially presented as the new player for Al-Nassr. The club has signed Ronaldo to a contract until the summer of 2025, and local media reports estimate that he will earn close to 500 million euros during this time period.
Fans are eagerly anticipating Ronaldo's arrival, with tickets for the event reportedly being sold for just four dollars and expectations that the stadium will be filled to capacity with between 25,000 and 30,000 fans. Upon his arrival, Ronaldo and his family were accommodated in a luxury hotel, and the official presentation is scheduled to take place between 4 and 5pm local time.
While Ronaldo will not make his debut for Al-Nassr until January 14th against Al-Shabab, his basic salary with the club is expected to be around 70 million euros per year, with additional bonuses and sponsorship contracts bringing his total earnings to a staggering 200 million euros per year, or 500 million euros over the course of the entire contract.
The excitement surrounding Ronaldo's move to Saudi Arabia is palpable, and football fans across the country are eagerly awaiting his first match with his new club.
"I am excited to experience a new football league in a different country," Ronaldo said in Al-Nassr's statement announcing the deal.
via ESPN "The vision of what Al Nassr are doing and developing in Saudi Arabia both in terms of men's and women's football is very inspiring. We can see from Saudi Arabia's recent performance at the World Cup that this is a country with big football ambitions and a lot of potential."
Historic signing announced by Al-Nassr
"This is more than history in the making," added Al-Nassr president Musalli Almuammar.
"This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves. "He is a special footballer and a special person whose impact is felt far beyond football.
Cristiano is joining a club with big ambitions, a competitive club amongst the very best in Asia and will be welcomed to a country that is making massive progress on and off the pitch with opportunities for all.
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