Who owns Al Nassr? Owner paying Cristiano Ronaldo record salary to play in Saudi Arabia

Who owns Al Nassr? Owner paying Cristiano Ronaldo record salary to play in Saudi Arabia

Al Nassr have quickly become a club on the lips of football fans around the world after signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Saudi Arabian side are no strangers to star players, but they have made a mighty splash by luring Ronaldo to the Middle East. 

Ronaldo has reportedly signed a deal that will make him the highest-paid footballer in the world as Al Nassr flex their financial muscle. 

So who is funding and running the club now home to one of most famous footballers in history? The Sporting News takes a look.

MORE: What is Ronaldo’s jersey number at Al Nassr? 

Al Nassr owner

Specific ownership details on Al Nassr are sparse, but it is Saudi-owned and operated with close ties to the country’s royal family.

Musalli Al-Muammar is the president of the club and was elected by Al Nassr board members in 2021 having previously been president of the Saudi Pro League for nearly two years. 

He was the preferred choice of Prince Khalid bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, who reportedly provides support for the club. 

Prior to Al-Muammar’s appointment, Safwan Al-Suwaiket was removed as president after a number of irregularities were identified while he was in charge. 

Al Nassr was co-founded by brothers Hussein Al-Jabaa and Zaid Al-Jabaa in 1955 with former Saudi Prince Abdul Rahman bin Saud Al Saud becoming involved five years later as the club turned professional. 

Al Nassr trophies won 

Al Nassr are historically one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia.

They enjoyed sustained periods of success after their formation, but they have fallen short of those high standards over the past two decades. 

As such, their fierce rivals Al Hilal have now won the Saudi Pro League twice as many times, with Al Nassr the next most successful club in the competition. 

  • Saudi Pro League: 9 (1974/75, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1988/89, 1993/94, 1994/95, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2018/19)
  • King’s Cup: 6 (1974, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1990)
  • Saudi Crown Prince’s Cup: 3 (1972/73, 1973/74, 2013/14)
  • Saudi Federation Cup: 3 (1975/76, 1997/98, 2007/08)
  • Saudi Super Cup: 2 (2019, 2020)
  • Asian Cup Winners’ Cup: 1 (1997/98)
  • Asian Super Cup: 1 (1998)
  • GCC Champions League: 2 (1996, 1997)

Al Nassr stadium 

Al Nassr are based in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh and have played all their home games at Mrsool Park since 2020, with the stadium itself only opening in 2015. 

It has a current capacity of 25,000 and notably hosted the Maradona Cup match between Boca Juniors and Barcelona in 2021. 

Al Nassr schedule

Al Nassr are halfway through their 2022/23 season, meaning Ronaldo could have a big part to play in any silverware they do pick up this season.

Two club trophies (Saudi Pro League and King Cup) remain up for grabs after their elimination in the Saudi Super Cup. Ronaldo will no doubt be hoping to claim both to mark a dream start to life in Saudi Arabia and justify his record-breaking wages. 

Thu, Feb. 9Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 16at Al Wehda
Fri, Feb. 17Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 17vs. Al Taawoun
Sat, Feb. 25Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 18at Damac
Fri, Mar. 3Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 19vs. Al Batin
Thu, Mar. 9Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 20at Al Ittihad
Tue, Mar. 14King Cup of ChampionsQuarterfinalsvs. Abha
Sat, Mar. 18Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 21vs. Abha
April (TBD)King Cup of ChampionsSemifinalTBD
Tue, Apr. 4Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 22at Al Adalah
Sun, Apr. 9Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 23at Al Feiha
Wed, Apr. 26Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 24vs. Al Raed
April (TBD)King Cup of ChampionsFinalTBD
Tue, May 2Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 25at Al Hilal
Mon, May 8Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 26vs. Al Khaleej
Sun, May 14Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 27at Al Tai
Fri, May 19Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 28vs. Al Shabab
Thu, May 25Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 29at Al Ittifaq
Tue, May 30Saudi Pro LeagueMatchday 30vs. Al Fateh