The backstory: Since Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United last month, the world has been curious to see where the Portuguese football superstar will go next. The 37-year-old footballer became a free agent when he left, and he's considered one of the best players in the world.
More recently: Last November, Ronaldo said he turned down a £305 million (US$369 million) offer from another Saudi Arabian club, Al-Hilal, a deal that would've made him the highest-paid footballer in the world. His reason? He was happy at Manchester United. And even though Portugal lost in the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and rumors continued to circulate over concerns about the footballer's future, he still managed to make history as the first male player to score in five different World Cups.
The development: There's now a new highest-paid football player in town. Ronaldo has signed a contract with Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr until mid-2025, and the deal is making headlines as the biggest football salary in history. Ronaldo will reportedly be earning a whopping US$200 million a year, which is a huge pay bump from the US$31 million he was making at Manchester United.
"History in the making. 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. Welcome @Cristiano to your new home @AlNassrFC," said Al Nassr on Twitter.
"I am excited to experience a new football league in a different country," said Ronaldo in a statement released by Al Nassr.
"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," said Musalli Al Muammar, the Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr's president.