Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Portugal) made his debut after transferring to Saudi Arabia for professional football.
Ronaldo, a member of Al Nasr, a professional football club in Saudi Arabia, started the match against RIT Park held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 23rd (Korean time) 스포츠토토 and played all 90 minutes in the first and second half. Ronaldo, who wore the captain’s armband, failed to score and the team won 1-0.
Ronaldo, who signed with Al Nasr at the end of December last year, made his Saudi Arabia League debut on this day. On the 20th, he participated in a friendly match between Al-Nasr-Al-Hilal Alliance All-Stars and Paris Saint-Germain in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Al-Nassr played a few matches after signing Ronaldo, but was unable to play due to a penalty Ronaldo received while playing in the English Premier League.
After playing for Manchester United (England) in April of last year, after a game against Everton, he was punished with a two-game suspension for rough behavior towards a fan. Because of this, he was unable to play in the matches against Altai on the 6th and Al Shabab on the 14th, and he made his league debut against Al Iti Park on the same day.
In the 31st minute of the first half, after seeing Abdulmajid Alsulaihim’s cross, Ronaldo tried to raise his head, but the ball went higher, and teammate Anderson Talisca jumped from behind as the ball passed Ronaldo and scored the winning goal that day with a header.
It was a scene that could have been somewhat embarrassing for Ronaldo, but he joined the ceremony with Talisca and other teammates.
In the 35th minute of the first half, a free kick attempted from outside the penalty area went over the goal. In the 13th minute of the second half, he dug into the left side and raised a sharp cross. In the 29th minute of the second half, he attempted a bicycle kick from inside the penalty area, but was blocked by the defense.
According to the Saudi Arabia professional football website, Ronaldo tried two shots on the day and only one shot on target. Football statistics website Foot Mob explained that Ronaldo’s pass accuracy was 89% (24/27), and Ronaldo attempted a total of four shots, but the other two were blocked by defenders.
Foot Mob gave Ronaldo a rating of 6.9, which is a low score that ranks 9th out of 11 players who came out as a starter.
There were 22,862 spectators at the stadium that day. Al Nasr is in first place in the league with 10 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss with 33 points. It is one point away from second place Al-Hilal (9 wins, 5 draws, 1 loss), but Al-Hilal has played one more game.
Al-Nasr’s next game schedule is the semifinals of the Saudi Super Cup against Al Ittihad on the 26th.