Cristiano Ronaldo FINALLY makes long-awaited Al-Nassr debut in victory over Ettifaq

Cristiano Ronaldo FINALLY makes his Al Nassr debut following a two match suspension from his Man United days following a £175million a year move, with Anderson Talisca scoring the only goal in victory over Ettifaq

  • Cristiano Ronaldo made his delayed Al-Nassr debut in a 1-0 win over Ettifaq
  • Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr last month on a reported £175 million a year contract
  • Brazilian Anderson Talisca scored the only goal in the Saudi Pro League match

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s competitive debut for Al-Nassr ended in a win but no goals for the Portuguese as his new side beat Ettifaq 1-0 in the Saudi Pro League.

The 37-year-old joined Al-Nassr last month on a £175 million a year contract until 2025.

That came after the former Juventus and Real Madrid striker’s existing deal with Manchester United was canceled in the wake of a high-profile interview in which he was critical of the club and its officials.

Cristiano Ronaldo made his highly anticipated Al Nassr debut in a 1-0 win over Al Ettifaq in Riyadh

Cristiano Ronaldo made his highly anticipated Al Nassr debut in a 1-0 win over Al Ettifaq in Riyadh

Ronaldo's teammate Anderson Talisca scored the only goal of the Saudi Pro League match

Ronaldo's teammate Anderson Talisca scored the only goal of the Saudi Pro League match

Ronaldo’s teammate Anderson Talisca scored the only goal of the Saudi Pro League match

Ronaldo, who scored twice for a Riyadh All Stars side in a 5-4 loss to Lionel Messi’s Paris St Germain in a pre-season friendly in the Saudi capital on Thursday, played the full 90 minutes for the league leaders against Ettifaq on Sunday but failed to score a striking goal. contribute.

Brazil’s Anderson Talisca, a former striker for Benfica, scored the only goal of the match after half an hour.

The victory leaves Al-Nassr one point clear of Al Hilal at the top of the table after playing 14 matches, one short of their closest challengers.

Ronaldo was in the starting line-up for Al-Nassr for the first time after his stunning move

Ronaldo was in the starting line-up for Al-Nassr for the first time after his stunning move

Ronaldo was in the starting line-up for Al-Nassr for the first time after his stunning move

The 37-year-old attacker did not appear on the scoresheet in his first match for his new club

The 37-year-old attacker did not appear on the scoresheet in his first match for his new club

The 37-year-old attacker did not appear on the scoresheet in his first match for his new club

Ronaldo was forced to wait to make his debut due to a two match suspension by the FA after smashing an Everton fan’s phone last year.

As a result, Ronaldo missed Al-Nassr’s 2-0 win against Al-Tai and their 0-0 draw with Al-Shabab.

Al-Nassr also had to make room in their squad to register the Portuguese superstar.

Vincent Aboubakar saw his contract released by the Saudi Arabian club to make way for Ronaldo, with the Cameroonian striker having since joined Turkish side Besiktas.

The decision came because of Saudi League rules that state that clubs can register a maximum of eight foreign players per team.

Ronaldo had to wait for his debut due to a two match suspension from the FA

Ronaldo had to wait for his debut due to a two match suspension from the FA

Ronaldo had to wait for his debut due to a two match suspension from the FA

Ronaldo has been warmly welcomed by football fans since his arrival in Saudi Arabia

Ronaldo has been warmly welcomed by football fans since his arrival in Saudi Arabia

Ronaldo has been warmly welcomed by football fans since his arrival in Saudi Arabia

Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr after a difficult few months, including the striker’s controversial departure from Manchester United.

The 37-year-old had given a great interview to Piers Morgan, taking aim at various aspects of the club.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and the owners, the Glazers, were among those who received criticism from Ronaldo, leading to his departure.

Ronaldo was later dropped to the bench for Portugal’s two World Cup knockout matches in Qatar.

The attacker is said to have had a fight with the then national coach Fernando Santos.


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