Cristiano Ronaldo continues his career with Saudi Arabian top flight club Al-Nassr FC. Salary, debut, broadcast of the games, teammates – on all these points here at SPOX the answer.
It’s the end of an era! Cristiano Ronaldo has left European football after 20 years of success, records and milestones and has found a new club in Saudi Arabian leaders Al-Nassr FC, the club officially announced on Friday. He gets a contract until the summer of 2025.
Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr: salary, debut, broadcast of matches, teammates
However, the farewell to Europe was anything but smooth. The 37-year-old left his ex-club Manchester United after he sharply criticized coach Erik ten Hag, ex-teammates and the club itself and its leadership in an interview with Piers Morgan. At the World Cup in Qatar, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner no longer played a role for Portugal. Now, after all the media drama, the centre-forward’s future has finally been clarified.
Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr: Salary
The reasons for Ronaldo’s move to the Gulf state are probably not of a sporting nature, but rather the lavish salary that he will collect. This should amount to 70 million euros annually and thus to over 200 million euros for the two and a half years. After the end of his career, he is said to also work as an ambassador for Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid and will also receive a lot of money for these purposes.
Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr: Debut
Ronaldo has already arrived in Riyadh, where the club is based, where he successfully completed his medical check and already completed the presentation on Tuesday. So all that’s missing is a return to the pitch. On Thursday, January 5, 2023 in the league game against Al-Tai, CR7 will have their first chance to make their debut for Al-Nassr. The game of the 12th match day will kick off at 4 p.m. German time.
Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr: broadcast of the games
DAZN, Sky, Amazon, Sport1, Magenta Sport, OneFootball – with these providers, games in the Champions League, Bundesliga, Premier League, the other top European leagues and international matches are covered in Germany – but not the Saudi Pro League, in which Ronaldo is now going on the hunt for goals. Nevertheless, there is a possibility to follow the matches of the Saudi Arabian top flight.
The Shahid platform owns the broadcasting rights to the country’s games and therefore shows all league and cup games live. All you need is a subscription, which costs EUR 12.99 per month and EUR 119.99 per year.
Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr: Teammates
The club name Al-Nassr may only mean something to a few in Germany, but that doesn’t quite apply to the squad itself. For example, Luiz Gustavo, who was under contract with FC Bayern Munich, VfL Wolfsburg and TSG Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, plays for Al-Nassr FC. The Spaniard Álvaro González (ex-Olympique Marseille and FC Villarreal) and the Brazilian Talisca (ex-Benfica Lisbon) also bring experience from Europe.
The squad also includes two players who represented Saudi Arabia at the World Cup in Qatar, Nawaf Al-Aqidi and Mohammed Maran. Cameroon’s captain Vincent Aboubakar is also among Ronaldo’s new team-mates.
The league leader is coached by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who can name clubs such as Olympique Lyon, AS Roma and Olympique Marseille in his CV as former career stations.
Al-Nassr: The squad at a glance
|Nawaf Al-Aqidi||GATE||22||Saudi Arabia|
|Amin Al Bukhari||GATE||25||Saudi Arabia|
|Walleed Abdullah||GATE||36||Saudi Arabia|
|Raed Ozaybi||GATE||21||Saudi Arabia|
|Abdulelah Al-Amri||DEFENDER||25||Saudi Arabia|
|Abdullah Madu||DEFENDER||29||Saudi Arabia|
|Ali Al-Oujami||DEFENDER||26||Saudi Arabia|
|Mohammed Al-Fatil||DEFENDER||30||Saudi Arabia|
|Yousef Haqawi||DEFENDER||20||Saudi Arabia|
|Ghislain Konan||DEFENDER||27||Ivory Coast|
|Mohammed Qasem||DEFENDER||27||Saudi Arabia|
|Majed Qasheesh||DEFENDER||21||Saudi Arabia|
|Abdulaziz Al-Alawi||DEFENDER||25||Saudi Arabia|
|Sultan Al-Ghannam||DEFENDER||28||Saudi Arabia|
|Hamad Al Mansour||DEFENDER||29||Saudi Arabia|
|Ali Al Hassan||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||25||Saudi Arabia|
|Abdullah Al-Khaibari||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||26||Saudi Arabia|
|Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||28||Saudi Arabia|
|Sami Al-Najei||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||25||Saudi Arabia|
|Majed Al-Ammari||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||24||Saudi Arabia|
|Abdulrahman Ghareeb||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||25||Saudi Arabia|
|Khalid Al-Ghannam||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||22||Saudi Arabia|
|Abdulaziz Al-Aliwa||MIDFELD/ATTACK||18||Saudi Arabia|
|Ayman Yahya||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||21||Saudi Arabia|
|Abdulfattah Asiri||MIDFELD/ATTACK||28||Saudi Arabia|
|Mohammed Maran||MIDFIELD/ATTACK||21||Saudi Arabia|