Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that he is at Al-Nassr to face a new challenge. Contrary to the claims of many who believe Ronaldo signed for Al-Nassr just to earn the enormous amount of money they are offering, the Portuguese has said that he is in Saudi Arabia to win.
During his first press conference as an Al-Nassr player, Ronaldo said, “In Europe, my work is done; I won everything, I played at the most important clubs in Europe and for me now, it’s a new challenge.”
As of now, two titles are possible for Al-Nassr and Ronaldo to claim. Firstly, the Saudi Pro League. Al-Nassr claims the top spot in the league right now. They have notched up 34 points in 15 matches. Just behind them on goal difference is Al-Shabab, also with 34 points. However, Al-Shabab has played an extra match. Third, it is Al-Ittihad with the same number of points and matches as Al-Nassr but behind on goal difference.
Secondly, Al-Nassr is still competing in the King Cup of Champions. They will play the quarter-final on March 14, 2023, against Abha.
On the other hand, Al-Nassr crashed out of the Saudi Super Cup semi-final a few days ago. Al-Ittihad defeated Al-Nassr with a scoreline of 3-1. Unfortunately, for Ronaldo, his manager, Rudi Garcia, blamed his miss for the team’s loss. He said, “Cristiano Ronaldo missed a chance that would have changed the course of the game in the first half, but I congratulate Al-Ittihad.”
Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first official Al-Nassr goal 🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/LHjhOtFuTE
— GOAL (@goal) February 3, 2023
In their latest match against Al Fateh, Ronaldo scored his first goal for the Saudi club. He scored from a penalty in stoppage time to equalize and share the points.
How many championships have Al-Nassr won before Cristiano Ronaldo?
Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr has won a combined total of 27 championships with their latest trophy being the Saudi Super Cup in 2020. The club from Riyadh is a holder of various domestic and international records.
We are the Champions! 🏆
We are #ALNASSR! 💛
We are “V”ictory! 💪🏼pic.twitter.com/tl4OjGALCG
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) January 4, 2020
Al-Nassr is recognized by FIFA as the first club in the year 2000 to win the FIFA Fair Play Award in the FIFA Club World Cup. Real Madrid and Manchester United were part of the tournament, however, it was the Brazilian club, Corinthians, who won it. Real Madrid finished fourth, whereas, United could not qualify out of their group. Al-Nassr was part of Group A and finished third behind Real Madrid and Corinthians.
Al-Nassr has won the league 17 times. Nine times while it was Central Region League before 1975 and eight times after it changed to Premier League. They have won the King’s Cup six times, the Saudi Crown Prince’s Cup three times, the Saudi Federation Cup three times, and the Saudi Super Cup twice.
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