Despite the influx of new signings in the Saudi Pro League over the summer, there is still one player fans want to see in action more than any other: Cristiano Ronaldo. Having arrived at Al-Nassr in January, the Portuguese superstar is ready to embark on a full campaign with the club for the first time.
Ronaldo and his new team came up short in the title race last season, and so he will be determined not to let that happen again. Factor in the famous faces that have now joined him in the league who will be aiming to outshine the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and Ronaldo should be even more keen to ensure he remains top dog in his new home.
GOAL is here, then, to ensure you don’t miss out on any of Ronaldo’s displays during his first full season in the Middle East, as we will be casting our eye over and giving an evaluation on how he fares in each of his outings in 2023-24.
For Ronaldo, it was an evening where he was more often caught complaining to the referee for a ghost foul rather than him fighting for a goal himself. He was guility of engaging in discourse with his opposition and the referee, the striker seemingly struggling to integrate his mind into the match on top of his body.
The Portuguese legend had, however, put one in the back of the net at one point late in the match, but after a VAR review it was deemed offside. In a moment of madness, Nassr boss Luis Castro even pulled out his phone to try and show the Assistant referee that the VAR was wrong. It didn’t stop there, though, as Ronaldo was once again called offside on another Nassr goal in stoppage time on a night where nothing – at all – went right for the 38-year-old.