Al Hilal’s record breaking bid
Top players from Europe’s top leagues have joined leagues in Qatar and Saudi Arabia for monetary reasons. James Rodriguez is the most recent superstar to have left Europe and joined Qatar Stars League club Al-Rayyan. Around the end of August, reports emerged of a whopping 121 million euros a season contract for Ronaldo. This bid was made by the Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal. They have won 5 out of the last 8 seasons in the Saudi Pro League. Signing Ronaldo would cement their position at the top of their league and increase their global appeal.
According to CNN Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo rejected an offer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal this summer ❌
The offer was worth €243m over two years. That is €2.3m-a-week 💰
— Barstool Football (@StoolFootball) September 13, 2022
Why reject such a huge offer?
Ronaldo earns £500,000 from his Manchester United contract alone . He has sponsorship deals with Nike, Armani, Tag Heuer, Egyptian Steel, Herbalife, Italia Independent, Clear, PokerStars, Castrol, LiveScore, MEO, ZujuGP, Uniecampus, Therabody, and Clear.
Ronaldo seems to have taken care of all his financial needs. Even 242 million euros would not be enough to tempt him to give up his dream of playing Champions League football again. Ronaldo’s position as one of the best players in the world has already been well established. He has been nicknamed “Mr. Champions League” based on his record-breaking performances in the competition. Despite failing to secure Champions League football with Manchester United for this season he still has a chance to play in the competition, be it this year or the next. A January transfer or a top 4 finish will see him return to Champions League football. A transfer to Saudi Arabia will prevent him from achieving his dreams, and that is probably why he rejected the huge offer.
Why would Ronaldo leave?
Ronaldo has made only 6 appearances in the Premier League and has failed to register a goal or an assist. This limited playtime has led to logical frustration from Ronaldo. With the likes of Marcus Rashford, a winger, starting in Ronaldo’s position, it seems unlikely Erik Ten Hag has Ronaldo in his plans for the future. Ronaldo’s age might also be a factor in Ten Hag dropping him to the bench for the season so far. His form is poor, and his attitude towards playing Europa League football has not gone down well in the red part of Manchester.
His dream to play Champions League football could be the main reason for his future departure from the club. The summer transfer window has already closed and Ronaldo has rejected the Saudi club’s offer, but come January, nothing is certain regarding the Portuguese’s future.