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What awaits Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League?

Cristiano Ronaldo will become the Saudi Pro League’s first superstar when he makes his debut for Al Nasr.

The 37-year-old made the somewhat surprising decision to sign for the Middle Eastern club on Friday after agreeing to mutually terminate his contract with Manchester United in November.

Ronaldo has signed a contract until 2025 and will wear the number 7 shirt after a meeting in Madrid. The vision we have is very inspiring and I look forward to meeting my teammates and together we will help the team achieve more success,” said Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s heart still wanted a club to play in the Champions League, but no suitors came close. increase.

We’ve put together a guide to what awaits the five-time Ballon d’Or winner after moving to Saudi Arabia.

Which team will Cristiano Ronaldo join?

Ronaldo is going to play football for Al Nasr.

After ten games in the 2022-23 season, Saudi Arabia are second in the league, two points ahead of Al-Shabaab. Al Nasr’s bosses hope the introduction of Ronaldo will be enough to regain the title.

Al-Nassr Chair Musalli Al-Muammar said: This athlete is a role model for all sports officials and youth around the world. With his presence at Al Nasr, we will continue to strive for more success for the club, Saudi sport and future generations. ”

Their last league win of the 2018-19 season was their ninth win in the Saudi Pro League. They have also won the King’s Cup six times.

Ronaldo will have to get used to playing in his small home stadium. Al He has seen him in action at the Bernabéu before, with 74,310 supporters crammed into Old Trafford, where he can only accommodate 25,000 supporters at his park in Mussor, with 81,004 supporters. far from people.

Who is Cristiano Ronaldo’s new manager?

It’s safe to say that Ronaldo didn’t make eye contact with both managers who worked under him during his second term at Manchester United. I hope that

Fans of European soccer will already be familiar with the man who was entrusted with coaching Ronaldo next.

Rudy Garcia was appointed as Al Nasr’s head coach in June.

Rudy Garcia is Ronaldo’s new manager (Photo: Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via Getty Images)

From his perspective, it doesn’t matter if he has superstars in his ranks. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Garcia couldn’t hide his excitement when answering a question about the possibility of Ronaldo joining.

“I think any coach would be happy to train a great star like Cristiano and in November 2021 he was already close to going to United,” he told AS earlier this month. “They chose Ralph Rangnick, but I met with John Murtaugh and Darren Fletcher twice.

“I was very close to the manager of this club and very motivated to go. Who wouldn’t be motivated to coach United? Any coach. Thanks to United’s simple interest, I was able to convince myself of my ambitions for the future.

“I always thought that great players are very smart and therefore easy to manage. I confirmed this with Roma’s Francesco Totti.”

His time as Serie A giant and manager of Marseille and Lyon will set Garcia better prepared than many other managers in the Middle East to manage Ronaldo.

Are there other big names in the Saudi Pro League?

Unsurprisingly, Ronaldo is now the biggest name in the Saudi Pro League and is in the majority of leagues around the world.

There are some big names in the league, but no one can match the height of the Portuguese forward.

Some of the best players currently active in the Saudi Pro League include former West Brom Brazilian pair Mateus Pereira and Al Nasr forward Anderson Talisca, who is currently leading the Golden Boot race.

Meanwhile, there are ten other big names, including one player who scored one of the standout goals at the 2022 World Cup.

  • Vincent Abubakar
  • Ever Banega
  • Odion Ighalo
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak
  • David Ospina
  • Helder Costa
  • Abderazak Hamdurra
  • Luis Gustavo
  • Felipe Caicedo
  • Ahmed Hegazi

Aboubakar was one of the cult heroes of the 2022 World Cup (Photo: Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Prior to this season, former Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco, who made 23 appearances for Italy, was perhaps the league’s most famous player. However, he left Al Hilal in 2021 after scoring 16 goals in 83 appearances.

Can I watch Saudi Pro League matches?

Unfortunately for those who regularly watch Ronaldo against Al Nasr, the Saudi Pro League is only available in the Middle East and North Africa.

SSC currently holds the rights to the divisions, but for now the matches will only be broadcast in those regions.

While watching the game live may not be an option, Saudi Pro League Twitter account Post a clip of action.

Will Ronaldo play in the AFC Champions League?

The UEFA Champions League has been Ronaldo’s playground for much of his career. He is the top scorer in this competition and no one has more titles than the five he won with Manchester United and Real Madrid.

So, albeit in a different version, getting the chance to play in the Champions League again will be a treat to his ears.

However, Al Nasr is not in the competition this year, so he will have to wait for that privilege. To qualify for next year’s Champions League, they need to win either the Saudi Pro League or the King’s Cup this season, and Ronaldo wants to play an important role.

What goalscoring record could Ronaldo break?

As he has insisted in interviews over the years, records and accolades are very important to Ronaldo. Saudi Arabia After moving to his professional league, he hopes to break as many records as possible, but he may also run out of work.

Here are some of them that he will take note of.

  • Saudi Pro League Most Scored: 189 — Majed Abdullah
  • Most goals scored in a season in the Saudi Pro League: 34 — Abderazak Hamdallah 2018/19
  • AFC Champions League Most Scored:43 — Dejan Damjanovich
  • Most goals in AFC Champions League season: 13 — Muriki, Adriano and Bagdad Bauneger

(Photo: François Nell/Getty Images)