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Football agent explains true reason Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr
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The former Manchester United star swapped life in Europe for Saudi Arabia in January.

Cristiano Ronaldo likely joined Al Nassr to build his brand across the Middle East, according to football agent Dr Erkut Sogut.

The 38-year-old forward signed for Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr in January for free from Manchester United. His contract is worth an alleged $200 million per year. The deal will last until June 2025.

“Ronaldo is coming towards the end of his career, he is not young anymore,” Sogut, the agent of CR7’s former Real Madrid teammate Mesut Oil, told Tribalfootball.com.

“The Middle East is a huge region for football and they love Cristiano a lot there. I think Ronaldo has achieved everything, he’s won everything, he played in the best leagues in Europe, he proved himself in La Liga, in the Premier League, and in Serie A, and also with the National Team he won the Euro 2016. So he is at that stage of his career where he wants to build his brand.

“Ronaldo for me is more a brand than a player, he is a worldwide brand and now he is working towards building his brand more and more across the world.”

Ronaldo has fired in nine goals and two assists in 10 games for Al Nassr across all competitions.

The Portugal captain is on international duty right now, preparing for Thursday’s Euro 2024 qualifier at home to Liechtenstein in Group J.