Cristiano Ronaldo: Man Utd star rejected crazy Saudi contract

Ronaldo warming up for Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo rejected a crazy offer from Saudi Arabia in the summer to stay at Manchester United.

Ronaldo’s future was a major talking point in the summer.

Ronaldo scored 24 times for United in the 2021/22 season but, despite his decent season, United could did not manage to qualify for the Champions League.

It was believed he wanted to leave the Red Devils to join a club in Europe’s premier cup competition.

However, he did not end up making a move and was still a United player when the summer transfer window shut.

Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United smiles during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on September 04, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

RONALDO REJECTED MASSIVE SAUDI OFFER

The 37-year-old is still playing at a very high level and had multiple offers on the table, but none took his fancy.

According to CNN Portugal, per AS, Ronaldo was the subject of some lucrative offers from Saudi Arabia.

They report that Ronaldo was offered a two-year deal worth €242 million (£210 million) to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal. That works out to €2.3m-per-week (£2m-per-week).

Ronaldo currently earns £515,385-a-week at United, meaning he would have quadrupled his wages if he made the move.

However, Ronaldo was not done with European football and rejected the offer.

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo in action
Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo in action during a Premier League fixture

RONALDO WOULD HAVE BECOME WORLD’S HIGHEST-PAID PLAYER

In August, we listed the world’s 30 highest-paid players using data from Capology collected by FBRef.

Ronaldo would have become the world’s highest-paid player by far if he moved to Saudi Arabia. View the world’s 20 highest-paid players below…

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) | £338,708-a-week

Raphael Varane (Manchester United) | £340,000-a-week

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) | £341,472-a-week

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) | £350,000-a-week

Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) | £350,000-a-week

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) | £356,757-a-week

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) | £357,733-a-week

Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich) | £357,733-a-week

David Alaba (Real Madrid) | £365,863-a-week

Erling Haaland (Manchester City) | £375,000-a-week

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David De Gea (Manchester United) | £375,000-a-week

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) | £390,254-a-week

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) | £400,000-a-week

Sergio Ramos (Paris Saint-Germain) | £443,426-a-week

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) | £474,321-a-week

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) | £508,143-a-week

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) | £515,385-a-week (£2m-per-week if he joined Al-Hilal)

Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) | £916,446-a-week

Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) | £1,034,823-a-week

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) | £1,478,249-a-week

If Ronaldo moved to Al-Hilal, he would have earned as much as De Bruyne, Haaland, Benzema, Mane and Salah combined.

RONALDO COULD STILL MAKE SAUDI ARABIA MOVE

Ronaldo has chosen to stay at United and fight for his place for now, but a move to Saudi Arabia could still be on the cards.

Saudi Arabian Football Federation Al-Misehal believes more bids will be made from Saudi clubs next year.

He told The Athletic: “We would love to see a player like Cristiano Ronaldo playing in the Saudi league.

“It would bring a huge positive feedback and it would be big news for everyone. I’m sure everyone knows the achievements and records of Cristiano Ronaldo, but also as a player who is a great role model.

“I think, ‘Why not?’. I’m sure it would be a very expensive deal, of course, but we can see our clubs getting higher revenues in the past couple of years.

“We have already seen some big players who used to play in the Premier League come to the Saudi league.

“I like Cristiano Ronaldo as a player and I would like to see him play in Saudi Arabia.”

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