Cristiano Ronaldo has been signed in Saudi Arabia. The Portuguese may also pay royalties for it. But he almost moved to MLS.
37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo ended his career in Saudi Arabia. For his signing of Al-Nassr, the Portuguese will receive the equivalent of 500 million euros over two and a half years. Amount not available anywhere else. But the sporting challenge would certainly have been greater elsewhere.
As reported by “ESPN”, there was interest from the United States. Several teams in Major League Soccer have reportedly informed them about Ronaldo’s future. Negotiations with Sporting Kansas City are more concrete. The offer was so enticing that Ronaldo had several meetings before finally deciding on Al-Nasser. The salaries and income from the sponsorship deals are said to be “very close” to those in the Gulf state. Apparently not close enough.
In Kansas City, Ronaldo would have had two German teammates
Ronaldo said of his decision: “I’m excited about a new football league in another country.” He spoke of the club’s “very inspiring vision”, adding: “Together we will help the team become even more successful.” After Ronaldo’s move, Saudi Arabia’s sports minister welcomed him. Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal wrote on Twitter, “Wishing you and your family wonderful experiences in the Kingdom.” “Welcome to your new home”
By: Sporting Kansas City “CR7” will have met two German players. Ex-Stuttgart Eric Thomey and ex-Cologne Robert Woloder both played in the 12th match of the Western Conference last MLS season.