It's a new challenge for the Portuguese star.

Former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al-Nassr until June 2025, the Saudi club announced on Friday (December 30th). 

"I can't wait to discover a new football championship in a different country," said Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, quoted on his new club's Twitter account and posing with his new jersey, yellow and blue, stamped with his usual number. 7. 

History in the making.

This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves.

Welcome @Cristiano to your new home @AlNassrFC

— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) December 30, 2022

Aged 37, Cristiano Ronaldo has one of the finest records in world football with five Ballons d'Or, five Champions League titles (2008, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), league titles in Italy (2019, 2020) with Juventus Turin, in Spain (2012, 2017) with Real Madrid and in England (2007, 2008, 2009) with Manchester United.  

He is also the top scorer in the Champions League and in the history of the Portuguese selection, with whom he won Euro-2016. 

But Cristiano Ronaldo, the most followed personality on the social network Instagram, remains on a disappointing experience at Manchester United, the club where he revealed himself on the international scene between 2003 and 2009 and where he returned in August 2021 after his passages at Real Madrid (2009-18) and Juventus (2018-21).  

Since last summer, Cristiano Ronaldo had been looking to leave Manchester United and the arrival of Erik ten Hag on the bench, which limited his playing time, did not help matters.  

In a bitter interview in November, just before the World Cup, he attacked his coaches, past and present, his leaders and his former teammates, without an ounce of self-criticism on his own shortcomings. 

In the process, Manchester United announced the termination of his contract "by mutual agreement".  

During the last World Cup, his playing time was limited and Portugal was eliminated in the quarter-finals. 

Al-Nassr, trained since July by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, has won nine Saudi Arabian league titles, the last in 2019. 

With AFP 

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