Cristiano Ronaldo is a free agent after Manchester United mutually terminated his contract; Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal are interested in recruiting the 37-year-old; Ronaldo disclosed earlier this month that he turned down a £305 million Saudi Arabia transfer in the summer.
Ronaldo is a free agent after Manchester United voluntarily terminated his contract earlier this week, following his interview with TalkTV in which he criticized the club, its owners, and manager Erik ten Hag.
In the summer, United got a proposal for Ronaldo from Saudi Arabia and were set to accept it, only for the transaction to fall through. Ronaldo reveals in an interview with TalkTV that he turned down the transfer, which was for roughly £305 million.
The news comes after Saudi Arabia sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country wants to bring Ronaldo to its domestic league – as well as take over Manchester United and Liverpool, who are both seeking new investors.
“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” Prince Abdulaziz told Sky News about bringing Ronaldo to Saudi Arabian football. “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”
If Al-Hilal can complete a deal for Ronaldo, they will consider bids for forward Odion Ighalo, who previously played for Manchester United and whose contract expires in the summer.
Ronaldo scored Portugal’s opening goal in a 3-2 triumph against Ghana to kick off their World Cup campaign. The 37-year-old reiterated that nothing else matters right now but Portugal’s World Cup campaign.
“This was a beautiful moment,” Ronaldo said. “The world record, the only player to score in five World Cups, makes me very proud.
“It was a week that finished this chapter (with United),” Ronaldo added. “It is closed and now I want to start with the good foot forward. We started, we won, I want to help my team and all the rest does not matter.”