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Cristiano Ronaldo To Earn 400 Million Euros In Saudi Arabia: Report | Soccer Information

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will earn 200 million euros to advertise Saudi Arabia’s joint 2030 World Cup bid along with his membership wage, a supply near his membership informed AFP Monday. The Portuguese celebrity, 37, unveiled to 1000’s of Al Nassr followers in Riyadh final week, is by far probably the most well-known participant to signal for a membership in Saudi or some other Gulf nation. The oil-rich kingdom, together with Egypt and Greece, is contemplating a bid to host world soccer’s 2030 showpiece event, and Ronaldo‘s ambassadorial position will carry his reported earnings within the nation to over 400 million euros ($428 million).

“Ronaldo can be paid greater than 200 million euros ($214 million) for the deal,” mentioned the supply, with data of the deal however who requested anonymity.

“He can be an envoy for the Saudi World Cup 2030 bid for an additional 200 million.”

The arrival of the previous Manchester United, Actual Madrid and Juventus participant got here simply weeks after neighbouring Qatar turned the primary Arab nation to host the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has additionally gained the Champions League 5 occasions and holds that event’s goal-scoring file, is anticipated to make his Al Nassr debut on January 22.

The deal was backed by senior royals who help Al Nassr, together with Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — extensively often called “MBS” — the supply mentioned.

‘Worldwide highlight’

“MBS (and his brothers) Naif, Turki and Rakan, the sons of King Salman, are all honorary members of Al Nassr since earlier than their father even turn into the crown prince,” the supply mentioned.

“They wished to grant their beloved membership supremacy and put it within the worldwide highlight. One of the best ways was to carry the very best participant on the earth.”

The deal has been financed by the conservative kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Funding Fund (PIF), the supply added.

“Al Nassr and the opposite Saudi golf equipment do not have this large fund for such a giant deal. It is PIF that secured the cost,” the supply mentioned.

Just lately the PIF has undertaken different high-profile sporting ventures, together with the acquisition of a majority stake in English Premier League membership Newcastle United.

It has additionally bankrolled the profitable LIV Golf League, which has cut up the elite golf world by luring away high stars from the US PGA Tour and DP World Tour.

In response to one other supply near Al Nassr, it was the princes who put the shock Ronaldo deal in movement.

“It is MBS’s brothers who steered and sought to seal the deal at any worth,” he mentioned.

“They’re all Al Nassr followers and so they wished to show their workforce actually is the Worldwide,” the supply added, referring to Al Nassr’s nickname.

Al Nassr has 9 Saudi league titles however have by no means gained the Asian Champions League, in contrast to four-time winners Al Hilal and Al Ittihad, who’ve lifted the trophy twice.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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