In December 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a contract with Saudi club Al Nassr until 2025, with a reported salary of €200 million per year, including a guaranteed football salary of €90 million and commercial and sponsorship deals. He also received a signing-on bonus of around €100 million. Ronaldo rejected a move to Sporting Kansas City to join Al Nassr.
Ronaldo was initially banned for two matches after knocking a phone out of a 14-year-old Everton fan’s hand while at Manchester United in April 2022. He made his debut for Al Nassr in an exhibition game on 19 January, scoring twice in a 5-4 loss against Paris Saint-Germain. He then played his first competitive game on 22 January, captaining Al Nassr to a 1-0 win over Al-Ettifaq and scoring his first goal in a 2-2 draw against Al-Fateh by converting a last-minute penalty. On 9 February, he scored all four goals in a 4-0 win over Al Wehda, with his first goal being his 500th career league goal.
Does Cristiano Ronaldo return to the Champions League?
Despite being 38 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo is showing no signs of slowing down and is reportedly considering a return to the Champions League. According to reports, the English club Newcastle United is interested in signing the Portuguese superstar, and if they qualify for the Champions League, Ronaldo may sign with the club.
Ronaldo has numerous records in the Champions League and wants to extend his lead to make it difficult for other footballers to surpass him. He has won the competition five times, scoring a total of 140 goals, the most by any player in the history of the tournament. He also holds the record for the most goals in a single Champions League season, with 17 goals in the 2013-2014 season.
While nothing is set in stone, the possibility of seeing Ronaldo back in Europe’s premier club competition has football fans eagerly anticipating the future.