Cristiano Ronaldo has officially completed his transfer to Al-Nassr.
The 37-year-old has been without a club since seeing his Manchester United deal terminated last month.
That came after an explosive interview with Piers Morfan in which the star heavily criticised the club.
With Ronaldo free to negotiate terms with any club of his choosing, a string of high-profile sides all turned their back on prospective deals. And while talks were also held over a move to Sporting Kansas City in the MLS, Ronaldo has instead moved to Saudi Arabia.
He will team up with Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar in a new-look strikeforce. But the arrival of Ronaldo is seen as the biggest coup in his country’s history.
Indeed, the veteran Portuguese star has signed an incredible two-and-a-half-year deal with Al-Nassr that makes him the best-paid sportsman on the planet.
Ronaldo will also play a leading ambassadorial role in helping Saudi to win the hosting rights to the 2030 World Cup.
A statement from Al-Nassr read: “This is more than 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.”
Ronaldo himself commented: “Al Nassr’s vision is very inspiring and impressive. I look forward to a different league experience in a different country. I am excited to join my teammates as soon as possible.”
Reports suggest that his salary was reportedly part-funded by the Saudi government.
As part of the deal, Ronaldo will pocket a staggering £173m a year after tax to play in Saudi Arabia.
That amounts to £14.4m per month, £3.33m a week, £476,000 a day, £19,998 per hour, £330 per minute and an astonishing £5.50 per second.
And with an ambassadorial role to follow, Ronaldo could earn a staggering £1.2billion from his time in the Middle East.
Al-Nassr currently sit top of the Saudi Pro League, having won seven of their 10 matches so far. They have conceded just six goals in that time, with former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina between the sticks.
They are also managed by coach Rudi Garcia.
Al-Nassr will hope to also make a big impact on the Club World Cup stage.
Their rivals Al-Hilal came fourth at the 2021 edition, with Chelsea beating Palmeiras in the final.
However, Al-Nassr will hope to be the next side on that stage and will be looking to put Saudi football on the map.