Ronaldo was shocked when he hung up his shoes at Al Nasr at the age of 41

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo will extend his contract with Saudi Pro League team Al Nassr until the end of the 2026 season, meaning he will play until he is 41 years old before retiring.

Ronaldo ‘s current contract will expire in June 2025, but the Portuguese striker wants to continue with this team. According to British journalist Ben Jacobs, veteran Ronaldo does not rule out the possibility of staying at Al Nassr until he is 41 years old.

Ronaldo’s outstanding class

Ronaldo is the first big star to move to the Saudi Pro League, after his contract at Manchester United was terminated early at the end of 2022. Since his arrival in January 2023, a series of top football players The world followed Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia, improving the overall quality of the tournament.

Even though he is 39 years old, Ronaldo is still playing excellently as if he were a delicious wine, the longer it ages, the more fragrant it becomes. In total, Ronaldo has scored 56 goals and had 14 assists in 60 matches for Al Nassr, and is leading the Golden Shoe race of the 2023-2024 season with 33 goals in 28 matches.

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Captain Ronaldo still runs well at the age of 39. Photo: GETTY.

The extension of the Saudi Pro League’s broadcasting rights featuring the world’s top stars is also an important issue, with current contracts set to expire in 2025. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation is keen to keep Ronaldo. to maintain public interest for the next television rights cycle.

On the professional side, with Cristiano Ronaldo continuing to show excellent performance on the field, it is not surprising that Al Nassr will soon take concrete steps to extend his contract. Compared to the general level of football players in Saudi Arabia, star Ronaldo, despite being a veteran for a long time, can still run well and maintain his inherent scoring level.

Al Nassr calculates the manpower for the squad around Ronaldo

Saudi Arabia’s big football team is preparing to make a move to purify its force to race for the title for the new season. Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, now 35 years old, will leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season. He joined Al Nassr in July 2022 and kept 14 clean sheets in 26 appearances.

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The image value of the Portuguese superstar is very high not only in Saudi Arabia’s football village. Photo: GETTY.

Another star who was also transferred was Aymeric Laporte , 29 years old. Laporte joined Al Nassr from Manchester City at the beginning of the 2024-2025 season for 27.5 million euros. This midfielder has contributed to keeping 13 clean sheets and 5 goals in 37 matches on all fronts. This achievement makes Laporte’s inclusion on the transfer list quite surprising.

According to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, Ronaldo’s team is ready to listen to further extension offers for Anderson Talisca this summer. Brazilian striker Talisca has been one of Al Nassr’s top scorers since his arrival in July 2021, with 68 goals and 10 assists in 85 matches in all competitions.

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Striker Talisca will continue to work side by side with senior Ronaldo. Photo: GETTY.

However, Talisca recently suffered a serious thigh injury, affecting Al-Nassr’s chances in the tournament (second place behind Al Hilal) as well as in the AFC Champions League. Talisca has scored 25 goals in the same number of matches, adding four assists, and has formed a strong attacking partnership alongside Ronaldo.

It is also important to know that from next season, Saudi Pro League teams will be allowed to register 10 foreign players instead of the current 8. However, two of those players must be born after 2003. With the new rule changes, it will be interesting to see how Al Nassr will build their squad around Cristiano Ronaldo. Protection Status