It was reported that a Newcastle striker turned down a yearly salary of £86 million to play in Saudi Arabia

After leaving Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is now a free agent. A lot of clubs would jump at the chance to sign the Portugal national team forward, but Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United decided to turn down the opportunity to sign him.

According to an article published in November by 90min, Newcastle had the opportunity to sign Ronaldo, but the club ultimately decided to turn down the deal.

According to the report, Ronaldo’s representatives made contact with Newcastle to inquire about the possibility of the Premier League club signing the player. However, the club reportedly informed Ronaldo’s representatives that they had no interest in signing him.

In preparation for the second half of the Premier League season, the Newcastle squad is currently in Saudi Arabia participating in a warm-weather training camp for the next week.

Also interesting is the possibility that Ronaldo will begin playing club football in that location starting in January.

In January, Newcastle United was reportedly interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo Al-Nassr.

According to a report by Marca, Ronaldo has made the decision to join Al-Nassr in January on a free transfer and will sign a contract for two and a half years with the club.

The 37-year-old will make a base salary of just €100 million (£86 million) per year, but when incentives and bonuses are factored in, that amount will rise to close to €200 million (£172 million).

After an explosive interview with television presenter Piers Morgan, Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester United was terminated by mutual consent, and he became a free agent the following month.

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