The Portuguese, formerly of Sporting, Manchester United and Real Madrid and currently of Juventus, was offered a reported figure of €6m per year. The agreement would have required Ronaldo to feature in commercial campaigns and visit the country.
Lionel Messi also received an offer from Saudi Arabia, but like his great rival didn’t accept. Saudi Arabia has been accused by the international community of human rights violations and endeavours to change that view. Through its “Visit Saudi” campaign it aims to become an attractive tourist destination, and enlisting the help of famous footballers would help in this greatly.