Football star Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, recently touched down in Saudi Arabia with his family after his transfer to his new club -- Al Nassr.

Last week, the Portuguese forward took up a lucrative 173 pounds-million-a-year ($208 million) deal to join the Middle Eastern club, reported The Sun. He posted a message on social media from a plane on Monday afternoon before reaching the Middle East. In the brief video, the ex-Manchester United star said, "Hi guys, see you soon."

His partner, Georgina Rodriguez, also shared photos of her relaxing on the plane.

Ronaldo is understood to have undergone the first part of his medical test, and will complete the second one in Riyadh in the coming days. His public arrival will happen soon at an open training session in front of Al-Nassr supporters. It will take place at the team's 25,000-seater Mrsool Park stadium in Riyadh. There, he will also meet his new manager Rudi Garcia for the first time. But Ronaldo is not expected to feature for the club until Jan. 14 when they head to Al-Shabab.

After signing the two-and-a-half-year deal, the star said that he was thrilled for "new experience in a different league and a different country."

Meanwhile, Marca reported that there is a clause in Ronaldo's new contract at Al-Nassr which means that he may be able to play in the Champions League again. He joined the Saudi Arabian team after he struggled to find a club in Europe that would meet his expensive salary demands while also providing the right level of competition. It seems like he was determined not to be left out of Europe's primary competition. There is reportedly a clause in his contract that means if Newcastle United qualify for the Champions League this season then he can go on loan there. The team is owned by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

Ronaldo holds many records in the Champions League. So far, he is the all-time leading scorer in the tournament, thanks to the 140 goals that he scored. The only one capable of catching him any time soon is his rival Lionel Messi, who has 129.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Saudi Arabia
Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Saudi Arabia under tight security late on Monday. Photo by: Al Nasr FC via AFP

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