Cristiano Ronaldo has a lucrative offer on the table for a move to Saudi Arabia following his departure from Manchester United, but the Portuguese striker will wait until after the World Cup before deciding on his next move, sources have told ESPN.
Al-Nassr is ready to offer the 37-year-old a three-and-a-half-year contract worth more than £100million a year.
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Sources have also told ESPN that as part of the deal, Al-Nassr would be willing to compensate Ronaldo for the wages he would have earned had he seen the last six months of his contract at Man United – around £16million.
Ronaldo has asked his representatives to be kept out of negotiations over his future in club football during his stay in Qatar, but sources have told ESPN talks of a move to Al-Nassr have been taking place.
The Portugal captain left Old Trafford without a payout after agreeing a “consensual” contract termination following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticized the club and manager Erik ten Hag.
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Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, are hoping Ronaldo’s presence in the domestic league would help their bid to host the 2030 World Cup and would be keen for the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker to work as an ambassador for the country.
Ronaldo is still open to the idea of staying in Europe and will await a clearer picture of which clubs are interested before making a final decision on his future.
Portugal play their final Group H game against South Korea on Friday. They have already qualified for the knockout rounds and will face a team from Group G – either Brazil, Cameroon, Switzerland or Serbia – in the round of 16 next week.
Sources have told ESPN that Portugal are monitoring Ronaldo’s fitness ahead of the game against South Korea after he picked up a foot injury in Monday’s 2-0 win over Uruguay.
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