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Al Nassr Denies Any Commitments with Ronaldo for World Cup Bids


Wed 11 Jan 2023 | 01:03 PM
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On Tuesday, Riyadh-based Al Nassr denied the latest reports about Cristiano Ronaldo's involvement in promoting KSA, Egypt, and Greece's file to host FIFA World Cup 2030. 

The club said in a statement: "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."

It added: "His main focus is on Al Nassr and to work with his teammates to help the club achieve success."

Portuguese footballer will reportedly earn EUR 200 million to boost Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid, a source close to his club told AFP.

The cash amount is an addition to the iconic player’s salary from Al Nassr Football Club.

Saudi Arabia is considering a bid to host world football’s 2030 tournament, along with Egypt and Greece.

In this regard, Ronaldo’s ambassadorial role will bring his reported earnings in the Gulf nation to over EUR 400 million ($428 million).

“Ronaldo will be paid more than EUR 200 million ($214 million) for the deal,” the source noted. “He will be an ambassador for the Saudi World Cup 2030 bid for another 200 million.”

The source highlighted that Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and his brothers Naif, Turki, and Rakan are all honorary members of Al Nassr even before their father become the crown prince.

“They wanted to grant their beloved club supremacy and put it in the international spotlight. The best way was to bring the best player in the world.”

The deal has been financed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), the source added. “Al Nassr and the other Saudi clubs don’t have this huge fund for such a big deal. It’s PIF that secured the payment,” according to the source.