Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo may already be on his way out of Saudi Arabia after a matter of months.
Ronaldo has been with Al-Nassr since his rather spectacular Old Trafford exit. The Portuguese superstar’s United return was supposed to be a fairytale, but it ended in tears on the back of a disappointing season for the club, leading to Ronaldo calling out the club’s chiefs over a lack of investment and organisation.
The footballing legend was sacked shortly after, and he decided to leave Europe altogether, taking a huge pay check to move to Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo is reportedly paid more than £170million per year, but that is not enough to keep him happy, according to Mundo Deportivo. A report from the Spanish outlet claims the Portugal international is not enjoying living in the Middle East, preferring to live in a more established European landscape, so much so that he is now considering an exit despite only being around five months into his Saudi experiment.
Naturally, Ronaldo has a couple of options if he wants to move on. He would either need to be the subject of a transfer offer, or he would need to buy out the full remaining value of his mammoth contract, which will be worth around £300million. The big question will be which of the European clubs would make an offer, given Ronaldo is now 38 years of age.
Then again, he is a relatively low-risk gamble, given the commercial value he would bring to any club willing to pay to secure his services. The other question is how much Al Nassr will ask for, given they can hold Ronaldo to ransom over his contract. There could also be interest from the US, but the report does claim that the forward wants to return to Europe.