Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nasr) made his Saudi Arabia debut.
Al Nasr defeated Al Itifak 1-0 in the 2022-23 season Saudi Professional League round 14 home game held at Martial Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 23rd (Korean time).
Al Nasr (33 points), who ran undefeated in 12 consecutive league games (9 wins, 3 draws), kept the top spot. Even though they played one less game, they were one point ahead of Al-Hilal (32 points) in second place.
This match was Ronaldo’s official Saudi league debut. Ronaldo, who confirmed Al Nasr earlier this month, has not been able to play. 안전놀이터
because of the punishment. In April of last year, when he was a member of Manchester United, he was embroiled in a controversy over assaulting a child fan.
Ronaldo, who was leaving the stadium with defeat, hit the back of a fan who was reaching out to the players. The mobile phone the fan was holding was also thrown to the floor and destroyed.
Ronaldo apologized through social networking services (SNS), but he could not avoid the punishment. In November of last year, after about seven months, the English Football Association (FA) disciplinary decision came out. 2 game suspension. Although he left the English stage, the penalty was valid in other leagues according to FIFA rules.
Ronaldo, who made his first appearance in a friendly match against Paris Saint-Germain, started the match against Itty Park wearing Al Nasr’s uniform.
Ronaldo, who played full-time, recorded 4 shots, 89% pass success rate, and 2 chances created. He didn’t score.
The debut goal hunt failed, but there were impressive scenes. In the 33rd minute of the second half, Ronaldo was in a one-on-one situation with the opponent’s defense inside the penalty box.
Digging inside and taking a shooting stance, Ronaldo quickly changed direction. The unbalanced opponent sat down as it was. Ronaldo’s left-footed shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.
The British media ‘Sports Kida’ explained, “Ronaldo made the opponent’s defense collapse with unbelievable skills in Al-Nasr’s debut match. Although he didn’t score, he provided a moment that fans could enjoy.”