Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr sign kit deal with Nike as Saudi club ditch Arabic giants Duneus – with new strip to be debuted on Japan tour at end of July
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr have signed a new sponsorship deal with Nike
- Ronaldo has a lifetime deal with Nike, worth £147million across 10-years
- Other clubs, such as Al-Hilal, have also signed with huge global brands
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr have announced that Nike will be their new kit manufacturer in a flexing of their commercial muscles with CR7 onboard.
The 38-year-old superstar has a lifetime deal with Nike and is on a £147million, 10-year deal with the American giants.
It follows Al-Hilal switching out their in-house brand, Mouj, for worldwide sportswear name Puma on a five-year contract as the Saudi pro league’s international fame skyrockets.
Al-Nassr previously had their kits made by Nike between 1997 and 2001 and, in a second stint, 2010 and 2012.
The change might not mark a huge visual departure from their current kit design, as their current manufacturer, Arabic giants Duneus, took direct inspiration from the Nike style.
Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr have unveiled a new kit deal with Nike, who will make their shirts
Ronaldo has a whopping £147million, decade-long deal with American super-brand Nike
Fans will have their first chance to see the strip in action when the Riyadh-based outfit test themselves against PSG and Inter Milan in a tour of Japan at the end of the month.
Before then, they undertake their first pre-season challenges in Portugal, where they will face Spanish side Celta Vigo and Portuguese champions Benfica.
Such a procession across two continents speaks to the prestigious circles in which Al-Nassr are held following mountains of cash entering the Saudi game.
One of the most successful Saudi Arabian sides historically, Al-Nassr were one of four clubs taken control of by the Saudi Public Investment Fund in June.
Alongside them, the PIF bought 75 per cent stakes in Al-Ittihad, Al-Ahli, and Al-Hilal.