The captain of Portugal has signed a contract until June 2025.
Saudi Arabian Football Club Al Nassr announced the signing by Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, in a milestone for football in the Middle East.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner became a free agent last month when his contract with Manchester United expired terminated.
Who are Al Nassr?
Founded in 1955, it is a club based in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. It plays in the country’s top division, the Saudi Professional League (SPL), which has 18 teams.
Al Nassr players wear yellow and blue while their home ground, Mrsool Park, has a capacity of 25,000.
Al Nassr has won a total of nine league titles, the last of which came in the 2018/19 season. They are the second most successful team in the league after Riyadh Al Hilalwho won 18.
Al Nassr are currently second in the league after 10 games, two points behind league leaders Al Shabab.
Last season, the team finished third, six points behind champion Al Hilal.
Al Nassr has also won the country’s knockout championship, the King’s Cup, six times. Their most recent victory was in 1990.
Al Nassr’s best performance in the AFC Champions League, Asia’s premier club competition, came in 1995 when they finished second behind Japan’s Ilhwa Chunma.
Saudi teams have won the AFC Champions League six times, with Al Hilal claiming a record four titles and Al Ittihad winning the continental competition twice.
Al Nassr said Ronaldo, 37, will sign a deal until June 2025, but did not reveal any financial details.
The Portuguese superstar now joins Cameroon’s World Cup hero Vincent Abubakarwho came off the bench to change the game against Serbia and scored the winner to stun Brazil in their last group game in Qatar.
Other notable foreign players in the Al Nassr squad include Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, who previously played for Arsenal and Napoli, as well as former Brazil international and midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
SPL clubs can enter eight foreign players, but only seven can be named in a match squad.
The league’s all-time top goalscorer, Majed Abdullah, spent his entire club career between 1977 and 1998 with Al Nassr. The former Saudi Arabia striker has scored 189 goals and has averaged almost a goal per game.