Cristiano Ronaldo has apparently been offered the opportunity to quit Manchester United and earn £211 million in Saudi Arabia.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is looking to leave Old Trafford this summer, having just submitted a shocking transfer request. While the Red Devils’ lack of Champions League football is thought to be his biggest complaint, Ronaldo may accept an offer that would see him leave Europe for the first time in his incredible career and collect a staggering £211 million over two years in the Middle East.
While the 37-year-old remains absent from Manchester United’s pre-season tour due to “family issues,” TVI News in his native Portugal, as cited by CNN, claims that an unnamed Saudi club has made a startling move to recruit him. Ronaldo’s weekly wage would be £2 million, more than five times what the worldwide superstar now makes in Manchester. To sweeten the deal, the Saudis are willing to pay his long-term agent, Jorge Mendes, about £17 million in commission.
The Red Devils would also earn a transfer price of £25.3 million for Ronaldo, nearly treble the £12.9 million they paid Juventus for his services last summer. United signed their superstar to a £480,000 contract, which has since been reduced to £360,000 as a result of their sixth-place finish last season, as the entire squad saw compensation cuts.
Ronaldo is dissatisfied with the club’s current situation, with the Red Devils preparing to participate in the Europa League next season under new manager Erik ten Hag. His angst has supposedly led him to offer himself to Paris Saint-Germain, the team of eternal adversary Lionel Messi, while Mendes attempts to organize a move to fellow European powers Chelsea or Bayern Munich, both of which are wary of signing the ex-Juventus talisman.
Despite the eye-watering figures on the table, Ronaldo, the former Real Madrid phenomenon, is highly unlikely to accept the offer, having consistently stated his ambition to compete at the top of European football for years to come.
Ronaldo stated during UEFA’s ‘The Best’ ceremony in January, “I still have the passion for the game.” Not just to score goals, but to have fun because I’ve been playing football since I was five or six years old. I still enjoy being on the field, especially in training. Even though I’ll be 37 years old soon, my motivation remains strong.
“I feel happy and driven.” I’ve worked hard since I was 18 years old and will continue to do so. I still enjoy the game and hope to continue playing it. When people ask how many more years I plan to play, I tell them, “I hope to play four or five more years.” It’s all about mindset, because I believe that if you treat your body well, it will give back when you need it.”
Ten Hag remains hopeful that the United No.7 will reconsider, stating that Ronaldo is “not for sale.” “He is not with us because of personal difficulties,” the Dutch strategist told reporters in Thailand. But we have plans with Cristiano for this season, so that’s it, and I’m excited to work with him.
“I chatted with him before this problem arose. I had a great talk with him, but it will remain between us. Cristiano, on the other hand, is not for sale. I chatted with him before this problem arose. I had an interesting interaction with him. That is solely between Cristiano and myself. Only one thing I can confirm is that we had a really wonderful talk.”