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31st Dec 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr contract contains World Cup clause

Callum Boyle

Ronaldo isn’t done with the World Cup just yet

Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his end as a player at the very top of his game after he was formally announced by Al Nassr of the Saudi Pro League.

Ronaldo completed the move on Friday night and has put pen to paper on a deal worth a reported £173m a year through his basic salary, bonuses and image rights.

As part of his many bonuses, Ronaldo’s contract also contains a special clause which will see him become an ambassador for Saudi Arabia’s World Cup bid, as per Marca.

The Gulf state has plans to host the 2030 World Cup in a joint bid alongside Greece and Egypt and want Ronaldo to become the poster boy to ensure football’s biggest competition comes to the Middle East once again.

He will also be joined by Lionel Messi as an ambassador for the country as they represent Saudi’s image abroad. Messi reportedly earns around £20m a year in return for promoting tourism in the country and has already visited the country once as part of a state visit in May.

Both Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher reacted to the news of Ronaldo’s move on Friday night and admitted that it is a “sad end” to what has otherwise been an illustrious career.

“I felt as though he would want to stay in Europe, it tells me that the offers are staggering and the clubs didn’t come in for him,” Neville said.

“There’s an element of sadness for me – (the) last of Ronaldo at the top level. That had to come to an end at Old Trafford – it looks like Cristiano is finishing his career in Saudi.”

Meanwhile, Carragher added: It’s a sad end for him isn’t it? Ronaldo has finished his career with an interview with Piers Morgan and Messi has won the World Cup.”

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