On Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo was formally introduced by Al Nassr as the star new addition to the Saudi Arabian team and revealed he had rejected numerous offers from Europe and North America.
In one of the more unexpected moves in recent memory, the former Manchester United forward has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract to play in the Saudi Pro League. Ronaldo, who has won five Champions League championships and five Ballon d’Or trophies, will participate for the first time outside of Europe.
“I’m so proud to make this big decision in my life. In Europe, my work is done. I won everything and played for the most important clubs in Europe. This is a new challenge,” Ronaldo said.
“I’m a unique player,” he said. “I beat all the records there. I want to beat a few records here. This contract is unique but I’m a unique player, so for me, it’s normal. I really don’t worry about what people say. I am really, really happy to be here. I know the league is very competitive, I saw many games … I’m ready to keep playing football.”
Al Nassr unveils Cristiano Ronaldo