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Cristiano Ronaldo Has Not Signed With the Saudi Al-Nassr FC

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
8th December 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo Has Not Signed With the Saudi Al-Nassr FC
Cristiano Ronaldo denied the claim (Twitter)

The Claim

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to terms with the Saudi Al-Nassr club for two and a half seasons, beginning January 1.

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During the World Cup, media outlets and social media users claimed Cristiano Ronaldo signed with Saudi Al-Nassr for two and a half seasons starting January 1.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be fake.

Contrary to viral claims, Al-Nassr Football Club made an offer to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, but he has not accepted it yet.

Cristiano Ronaldo denied the claim after Portugal's World Cup Round of 16 match against Switzerland.

Cristiano Ronaldo Denies Agreement to Join Al-Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo denied agreeing to join the Saudi Al-Nassr Club following his team's World Cup victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.

When asked about his official move to Al-Nassr following a 6-1 victory in the round of 16, the Portuguese striker responded, "No, it isn't true."

The Portugal captain is now a free agent after mutually agreeing to end his contract with Manchester United in November.

According to reports, the former Real Madrid forward is completely focused on the World Cup in Qatar and will make a decision on his future after the tournament.

Marca Reports Cristiano Ronaldo’s Move to Al-Nassr

The claim started circulating after the Spanish sports media outlet Marca reported that Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Al-Nassr from January 1, 2023.

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According to the report, the Portuguese footballer will sign a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Saudi club.

The contract reportedly includes financial incentives through advertising, making the Portuguese athlete the highest-paid athlete in the world, in addition to the massive signing-on fee (just under 100 million euros).

Ronaldo's contract with Al-Nassr will be worth close to 200 million euros per year.

Cristiano Ronaldo Is Currently A Free Agent

Manchester United said, in a brief statement, that the decision was made by mutual consent a week after Ronaldo gave an explosive TV interview about his dissatisfaction with the club.

"The club thanks him for his enormous contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future," the club said in a statement.

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Ronaldo discussed his feelings of betrayal by United in an interview with Piers Morgan for Talk TV, which aired just before the start of the World Cup.

The player demonstrated his contempt for Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag.

"Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early," said Ronaldo in a statement.

Ronaldo added: “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.”

Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks World Cup Record

Having now scored at five FIFA World Cups, Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to do so.

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He became the first and only man to score in five different versions of the World Cup, the most prestigious competition, when he opened the scoring for Portugal in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ghana.

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