Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has said he had “plenty of opportunities” to sign for top clubs before joining Saudi side Al Nassr.
The 37-year-old said he received offers from clubs in Brazil, Australia, the United States and Portugal.
“In Europe, my job is done,” he said at his first press conference on Tuesday.
“I won everything, I played for the most important clubs in Europe and now it’s a new challenge in Asia.”
Ronaldo should receive biggest football salary in history to more than £177million a year under a deal that runs until 2025.
“As nobody knows, I can say now that I had many opportunities in Europe, many clubs in Brazil, Australia, the United States, even in Portugal, many clubs tried to sign me”, Ronaldo told reporters.
“But I gave my word to this club for the opportunity to develop football and all the amazing parts of this country.”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was greeted with cheers and shouts of his celebratory “Siu” as he spoke. He answered questions from a club official but did not answer any questions from reporters.