Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia with Al Nassr has turned plenty of heads for a number of reasons.
After playing his entire career in Europe, the 38-year-old Portugal star is now competing in Asia, where many assume he’ll begin wind down his career.
Ronaldo’s decision to sign for Al Nassr was a complex one with the club’s eye-watering offer no doubt playing a part in his ultimate decision.
While already one of the wealthiest footballers in the world, Ronaldo’s new deal will take him into a league all of his own.
How much is Ronaldo paid in Saudi Arabia? Salary details
According to multiple reports, Ronaldo is being paid around $213 million (£173m) a year by Al Nassr.
Notably, only a fraction of this relates to him actually playing football with his image rights and commercial deals reportedly funding more than half of his total earnings while in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia themselves were also expected to help pay for Ronaldo’s wages as they use the Portugal star in their bid to jointly host the 2030 World Cup — something Al Nassr have since denied.
Ronaldo’s mind-boggling new salary equates to:
- Monthly: $17.75m
- Weekly: $4.43m
- Daily: $633,928
- Hourly: $24,413
- Per minute: $406.88
- Per second: $6.78
How long is Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassr?
Ronaldo has signed on to play with Al Nassr for the next two-and-a-half years.
That means the forward will be lining up in Saudi Arabia until the middle of 2025 when he’ll be 40 — an age at which he has previously hinted he wishes to retire.
If Ronaldo was also to serve as an ambassador for Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid, he would also likely be tied to the country for longer than his playing deal depending on how the bid progresses.
Is Ronaldo the richest player in sports?
In terms of yearly salary, Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassr is the richest in sports history.
While Lionel Messi’s longer-term deal with PSG will see him earn more money over time than Ronaldo — $674m compared to $536m — the Portugal star’s yearly wage is $46 million more than the Messi’s.
After those two global icons, NFL player Patrick Mahomes has the next richest contract courtesy of a 10-year deal that will see him earn $503m.
Boxer Canelo Alvarez has the next best yearly salary after Ronaldo and Messi, with his five-year contract with DAZN seeing him pocket $73m each year.
Here’s Cristiano Ronaldo with Al Nassr shirt after contract signed until June 2025 🚨🇵🇹🇸🇦 #Ronaldo
▫️ Agreement valid for two years and half;
▫️ Total salary will be close to €200m per year, but this includes commercial deal.
It’s the biggest salary ever in football. pic.twitter.com/ZnOg8lY6Wb
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 30, 2022
Are there clauses in Ronaldo’s Al Nassr contract?
Due to the large sum of money paid to Ronaldo, there are likely numerous clauses in his contract.
While none have been confirmed, and leaked clauses have been swiftly denied, it’s worth highlighting what reportedly may be in Ronaldo’s deal.
An early rumoured clause was that Ronaldo would be allowed to join Saudi-owned Newcastle United on loan next season should they qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
With the Magpies now run by Saudi Arabian owners, the link seemed to make some sense but club manager Eddie Howe has claimed there was no truth to the reports. Ronaldo himself also said he was done with Europe when he was unveiled by Al Nassr.
The other widely reported clause involved Ronaldo promoting Saudi Arabia’s bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup alongside Greece and Egypt.
Al Nassr have, however, come out to quash those rumours.
“Al Nassr FC would like to clarify that contrary to news reports, Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassr does not entail commitments to any World Cup bids,” a club statement read.
“His main focus is on Al Nassr and to work with his teammates to help the club achieve success.”
Cristiano Ronaldo net worth
With a new deal locking in a profitable final few years for Ronaldo on the pitch, his net worth is only set to grow.
According to various reports, it’s estimated the Portugal veteran is worth around $500 million (£363m).
Forbes reported that Ronaldo made $115 million (£93m) in 2022 alone — a figure that is set to jump in 2023 thanks to his Al Nassr contract.