A bold attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo by an Australian club for a record £173 million (AU$314.5 million) per season was turned down.
After mutually agreeing to part ways with Manchester United following his contentious interview with Piers Morgan last month, the 37-year-old Portuguese superstar is looking for a new team.
Danny Townsend, the president of the A-League, revealed bold plans to entice Ronaldo to Australia shortly after Ronaldo left United, but he has since confirmed that the 37-year-old has rejected their offer.
He told the newsmen, “We had interesting discussions, and there was genuine interest, but it is clear he has other priorities at this stage.”
Ronaldo has been heavily linked to a lucrative move to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr purportedly putting forward an offer worth £173 million (AU$314.5 million) per season.
But following Tuesday night’s 6-1 victory over Switzerland for Portugal, the former Real Madrid and Juventus star denied those claims.
He responded, “No, that is not true at all.”
Al Nassr reportedly offered a two and a half year agreement that would last until the summer of 2025.
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On Monday, sources close to Ronaldo stated that rumours of a deal being finalised were “nonsense.”
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