Ronaldo ‘Too Close’ To Go To Sporting Kansas City

Cristiano Ronaldo is going to Saudi Arabia. After weeks of speculation about his next move following the termination of his contract with Manchester United, the legendary Portuguese striker will join Saudi Pro League’s Al-Nassr for a record deal that will reportedly pay $75m a year. It will make the 38-year-old future player the highest-paid player in world history.

Reports have been speculating for weeks that this will be Ronaldo’s next move, and on Friday afternoon the club announced his new signing in a tweet.

“I’ve been lucky to have won everything I set out to win in European football, and I feel now is the right moment to share my experience in Asia,” Ronaldo told ESPN. “I’m looking forward to joining my new teammates and helping them achieve success for the Club.”

There are numerous media reports suggesting that Ronaldo isn’t just looking to Saudi Arabia for his next move. Sporting Kansas City are “very close” to signing Ronaldo, according to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman and MLS’s Tom Bogert.

Ronaldo returned from Juventus to Manchester United in 2021 after previously leaving the club in 2009 to join Real Madrid. After seeing his role change dramatically under new manager Erik ten Hag this year, Ronaldo gave a now infamous interview to Piers Morgan in November, where he overly criticized many at the club and hastened his departure.

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