Al-Nassr give statement on Cristiano Ronaldo contract to clarify ‘commitments’

Al-Nassr have released a statement denying Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract with the club includes any “commitments” to Saudi Arabia’s 2030 World Cup bid.

Ronaldo was reported by news outlet AFP to be set for an additional £175million pay-out on top of his £175m-per-year wages from signing a two-and-a-half year deal. The report claimed Ronaldo would pocket the same amount again by supporting the Middle-Eastern nation's bid to host the 2030 World Cup alongside Egypt and Greece.

But Al-Nassr took to Twitter at 1:36am local time to dispel rumours surrounding the ex-Manchester United star’s ambassadorial role being linked with the deal he has signed.

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The Saudi club tweeted: “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.

“His main focus is on Al Nassr and to work with his teammates to help the club achieve success.”

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The Saudi FA has yet to confirm its intention to bid, though all three nations have expressed an initial interest in bidding alongside each other for the hosting rights.

The bidding process is set to launch later this year before the host nation or nations are announced in 2024. Current confirmed bids include Morocco and a pair of joint bids from South American and European nations.

While Ronaldo’s arrival in the Middle-East has created a huge buzz, the 37-year-old forward is still yet to make his debut for Al-Nassr. That is due to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner being forced to serve a two-match ban from his time as a United player.

The Portugal captain had to watch his new club’s 2-0 win over Al-Ta’ee from the stands and then the dressing room, having slapped a phone out of a young Everton fan’s hand at Goodison Park last season.

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