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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘in direct contact’ over Al-Nassr transfer

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By Martin Graham | 22nd Dec 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly close to concluding arrangements to sign a deal with his next club. The Portugal international has been without a club since he departed Manchester United a few weeks ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo is an embodiment of determination. The Portugal superstar pushed himself from humble beginnings to become a football great and one of the most successful in the game. The former Manchester United star has traversed some of the best club sides in the world and has proven he can thrive anywhere.

Ronaldo has set records everywhere he went and is a personality not easy to shove aside. Ronaldo seems to have lost the edge in making sound decisions for his career. With playing at the top level a desire for the Portugal international, one of his worst decisions (if not the worst) is electing to return to Manchester United.

Ronaldo is in the twilight of his career, and his return to Old Trafford has proved to be a foolish move. A disorganised club like the Red Devils set him back. Following the debacle that resulted in his interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo decided it was best to leave Old Trafford. However, Ronaldo is close to signing with another club, and time will tell if he will regret that decision or not.

Ronaldo is on the cusp of signing for Al-Nassr

According to reports, Cristiano Ronaldo has discussions with Al-Nassr over a blockbuster move to Saudi Arabia. Perhaps not what the former Real Madrid star wants, but it is a sign of the times as Ronaldo is no longer at the peak of his powers.

According to CBS, Ronaldo and Al-Nassr have been in direct contact for a while, with the Saudi club growing increasingly confident of striking a deal with the Portugal international. CBS reports that an offer of around £160 million per season till 2025 is on the table. The question is whether the veteran forward is ready to bring the curtain down on his career as a trip to Saudi Arabia suggests.

The Saudis are eager to land Ronaldo

It has been slim pickings for Ronaldo, who perhaps thought he would have a long list of sides to pick. It is the cruel cycle of life, as Ronaldo, who once dominated the game, is tottering on his final legs. It is sad to see Ronaldo in this state. It is what it is, and as the saying goes – the show must go on.

According to recent reports, Al-Nassr executives have been busy behind the scenes working to reach an agreement with Ronaldo. There is currently no firm deadline for the deal, but the Saudi giants would want to complete an agreement before the end of the year.

The offer by Al-Nassr is reportedly government-backed. The idea is that Ronaldo would be part of their Vision 2030 sports strategy. Al-Nassr boss Rudi Garcia has not hidden the desire to work with the footballing icon. Garcia was close to working with Ronaldo at Manchester United.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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