Saudi Arabian football club Al Nassr has announced the signing of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, in a landmark move for football in the Middle East.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner became a free agent last month when his contract with English side Manchester United was terminated.

Formed in 1955, it is a club based in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. It plays in the country’s top division, the Saudi Professional League (SPL), which has 18 teams.

Al Nassr players wear yellow and blue while their home ground, Mrsool Park, has a capacity of 25,000.

Al Nassr have won a total of nine league titles, with the last being in the 2018-19 season. They are the second-most successful team in the league, behind Riyadh-based Al Hilal, who have won 18.

Al Nassr are currently sitting second in the league after 10 games, two points behind leaders Al Shabab.

Al Nassr have also won the country’s knockout championship, the King’s Cup, six times. Their most recent win was in 1990.