Cristiano Ronaldo transfer: Who are Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr?

Your full lowdown on Ronny's potential new club.

December 1st 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo transfer: Who are Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr?
Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Portugal at the World Cup 2022 in Qatar
Cristiano Ronaldo may have found his new club (Picture: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been offered a mammoth £173million contract at Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.

The three year deal would make Ronaldo the highest paid athlete in the world ahead of Lionel Messi, who is thought to earn £108million a year at PSG.

Ronaldo is a free agent having left Manchester United by mutual consent last month following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

Here is everything you need to know about Ronaldo’s potential new club.

Who are Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr?

Al Nassr are based in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

The club were formed in 1955 and originally started off as amateurs before turning professional in 1960.

Al Nassr players celebrate scoring a goal
Al Nassr play in the Saudi Pro League (Picture: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

In the present day, they are managed by former Roma, Lyon and Marseille manager Rudi Garcia.

Garcia’s backroom staff has a large Portuguese contingency with 11 of Ronaldo’s compatriots at the club.

World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro was the manager between October 2015 and February 2016.

Al Nassr play at the 25,000-seater Mrsool Park, which is significantly smaller than the 75,000 capacity of Old Trafford.

Who are their key players?

The squad features former Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar, who scored for Cameroon in the 2022 World Cup against Serbia.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, who played for the Gunners between 2014 and 2019, is first choice for Al Nassr between the sticks.

Vincent Aboubakar scoring for Cameroon at the World Cup 2022
Vincent Aboubakar scored a stunning chip at Qatar 2022 (Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ronaldo could lineup alongside former Benfica forward Talisca, who has scored 34 goals for the club since joining in 2021 and who was linked with moves to Liverpool and Manchester United in previous years.

Ex-Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who featured heavily for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, also plys his trade at the club.

What league are they in?

Al Nassr play in the Saudi Pro League, which is the highest division of football in Saudi Arabia.

The club are currently second in the table with six wins from eight matches, just three points behind league leaders Al Shabab.

The league consists of 16 teams and was founded in 1976.

Al Nassr fans cheering their team from the stands in an AFC Champions League match
Al Nassr fans would welcome Ronaldo with open arms (Picture: AYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Who owns the club?

The club is owned by private members and the chairman is Musalli Almuammar, who was the president of the Saudi Pro League, between 2018 and 2020.

Almuammar also holds an advisory role at the General Entertainment Authority, a government department responsible for the entertainment industry in Saudi Arabia.

What trophies have they won?

Al Nassr are one of the most successful teams in Saudi Arabia with nine league titles – their last title coming in 2018-19.

They have also won six King Cups, three Federation Cups and two Saudi Super Cups.

On the continental stage, Al Nassr have won one Asian Cup Winners’ Cup and one Asian Super Cup.

By winning the Asian Super Cup in 1998, they became the first Asian club to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup and played Real Madrid in the group stage.

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