Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr to become the highest-paid footballer in the world. With his move to the Saudi Pro League, former Manchester United star is unlikely to feature in the UEFA Champions League. However, reports suggested that Ronaldo could feature in the European competition next season.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo has signed a roughly $208 million contract with Al-Nassr till June 2025, which includes $75 million on-field salary and $134 million for commercial deals and image rights.
According to a report by Marca, the Portuguese captain's contract with Al-Nassr includes a clause that would allow him to play for the Premier League club, Newcastle United. The Magpies are owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and Ronaldo's contract with Al-Aalami could lead him to make an incredible loan move to Newcastle United if they qualified for the Champions League next season.
Former Real Madrid and Juventus forward is the top scorer in the UCL with 140 goals in 183 appearances followed by his arch-rival Lionel Messi, who has scored 129 goals in 161 matches. Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema are at the third and the fourth place with 91 and 86 goals respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United parted ways in November following the striker's bombshell interview with Piers Morgan. Since then, Ronaldo was a free agent and reportedly failed to secure a deal with any UCL qualifying club due to the apparent dip in his recent form.