Portugal captain has joined the Riyadh-based aspect on a deal till June 2025.
Saudi Arabian soccer membership Al Nassr has announced the signing of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, in a landmark transfer for soccer within the Center East.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner turned a free agent final month when his contract with English aspect Manchester United was terminated.
Who’re Al Nassr?
Fashioned in 1955, it’s a membership primarily based within the Saudi capital, Riyadh. It performs within the nation’s prime division, the Saudi Skilled League (SPL), which has 18 groups.
Al Nassr gamers put on yellow and blue whereas their house floor, Mrsool Park, has a capability of 25,000.
Al Nassr have gained a complete of 9 league titles, with the final being within the 2018-19 season. They’re the second-most profitable workforce within the league, behind Riyadh-based Al Hilal, who’ve gained 18.
Al Nassr are at the moment sitting second within the league after 10 video games, two factors behind leaders Al Shabab.
Final season, the workforce completed third, six factors behind champions Al Hilal.
Al Nassr have additionally gained the nation’s knockout championship, the King’s Cup, six occasions. Their most up-to-date win was in 1990.
Al Nassr’s greatest efficiency in the AFC Champions League, Asia’s premier membership competitors, got here in 1995 once they completed runners-up behind Japan’s Ilhwa Chunma.
Saudi groups have gained the AFC Champions League six occasions, with Al Hilal claiming a file 4 titles and Al Ittihad successful the continental competitors twice.
Al Nassr stated Ronaldo, 37, will be part of on a deal till June 2025 however didn’t disclose any monetary particulars.
The Portuguese celebrity will now hyperlink up with Cameroon’s World Cup hero Vincent Aboubakar, who got here from the bench to alter the sport towards Serbia and scored the winner to stun Brazil of their final group sport in Qatar.
Different notable international gamers within the Al Nassr squad embody Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, who beforehand performed for Arsenal and Napoli, in addition to former Brazil worldwide and midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
SPL golf equipment can register eight international gamers however solely seven might be named in a matchday squad.
The league’s all-time prime scorer, Majed Abdullah, spent his total membership profession between 1977 and 1998 at Al Nassr. The previous Saudi Arabia striker scored 189 objectives and averaged practically a aim a sport.