Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al Nasr) made his official debut in the Saudi Arabia League. Ronaldo, who played with the captain’s armband, failed to score, but showed active movement.
On the 23rd (Korean time), Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes in the home game against Al Iti Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo wore the captain’s armband and walked around the ground to applause. However, he failed to score a goal on his league debut, and the team won 1-0.
With this victory, Al-Nasr recorded 10 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss (33 points), running 1st in the league.
Ronaldo joined Al Nasr at the end of December last year. He was a Daewoo who received 200 million euros (about 270 billion won) every year.
The reason Ronaldo’s debut was delayed was because of the punishment he received from the English Premier League (EPL) prior to the transfer. Ronaldo was handed a two match suspension for abusive behavior towards a fan while at Manchester United. Because of this, he could not participate in the match against Al-Ta on the 6th and against Al-Shabaab on the 14th.
I have already played in the Al Nasr uniform. On the 20th, Ronaldo participated in a friendly match against Paris Saint-Germain as part of the 안전놀이터 Al Nasr-Al-Hilal All-Star team. At the time, he had a virtually last confrontation with Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) and gathered a big topic.
Ronaldo, who played as a forward striker, showed relatively light movements. In the 7th minute of the first half, he tried a right-footed mid-range shot with a soft dribble near the penalty arc, but the opponent’s defender caught it.
The match continued to be dominated by Al Nasr. In the 18th minute of the first half, Ronaldo collided with a defender inside the penalty area in the process of crossing and fell down. However, the referee did not blow the whistle. After a while, an opponent reached out to Ronaldo, who was sitting, and raised him up.
Al Nasr scored the winning goal in the 31st minute of the first half. Abdulmajid Alsulaihim’s cross from the left saw Ronaldo head but miss. The ball went backwards and Anderson Talisca headed it into the goal. When the goal was scored, Ronaldo shrugged with Talis Carr and joined in the celebration, sharing the joy with his teammates.
In the 34th minute of the first half, he took a direct free kick opportunity in an area of about 25m. With Ronaldo’s signature pose, he attempted a right-footed no-rotation shot, but the ball went over the crossbar.
Even in the second half, Ronaldo’s performance continued. In the 9th minute of the second half, he hit the center area from the left and hit a shot, but it missed the goal.
Ronaldo’s skills remained the same. In the 12th minute of the second half, the ball almost went out of the left half, but he managed to cross. In the 28th minute, he even attempted a bicycle kick from the penalty area, but he failed to hit the ball properly. Even after that, Ronaldo continued to show impressive appearances, such as overtaking a defender with a perfect paint motion skill.
According to the Saudi Arabia League website, Ronaldo attempted two shots on the day, and only one shot was on target. Football statistics media Foot Mob gave Ronaldo a rating of 6.9. This ranks ninth among Al-Nasr’s starting pitchers.