Ronaldo to captain Al Nassr on Saudi Pro League Debut


Cristiano Ronaldo is set to captain Al Nassr on his debut in their Saudi Pro league game against Al Ettifaq on Sunday.Ronaldo signed a 2-1/2 year deal with Al Nassr last month, reported to be worth over 200 million euros ($216.28 million), but has had to wait to play because of a two-match ban by England’s FA for knocking a phone out of a fan’s hand in April.

Al Nassr, who play at Mrsool Park, are one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, having won the league nine times. (Twitter/Al Nassr FC)

The 37-year-old gave fans a reminder of his talent when he scored twice in a friendly on Thursday, leading a team made up of players from Al Nassr and Al Hilal in a 5-4 defeat by Lionel Messi’s Paris St Germain in an exhibition match.Al Nassr, who play at Mrsool Park, are one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, having won the league nine times.Cristiano Ronaldo is set to lead his new club Al Nassr in his debut in the Saudi Pro League against Al-Ettifaq at the Mrsool Park in Riyadh on Sunday.However, Ronaldo made a promising start in Riyadh when he scored twice for Saudi All Star XI against Paris Saint-Germain, featuring Lionel Messi and will look to continue on his goalscoring pursuit in the Middle East.AdvertisingCristiano Ronaldo was officially confirmed as Al Nassr’s new captain ahead of his Saudi Pro League debut on Sunday.Al Nassr had previously been captained by 29-year-old defender Abdullah Madu, who has been at the club since 2012.But Ronaldo was listed as captain on Sunday’s teamsheet to face Ettifaq.Madu was also named in the starting XI.Ronaldo had captained a Riyadh all-star XI in a 5-4 loss to Paris Saint-Germain three days earlier.Madu was an unused substitute in that exhibition match. Al Nassr defeated Ettifaq 1-0 in their Saudi Pro League game on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for Al Nassr, wearing the team’s captain armband.Al Nassr started off as the better side while Ettifaq sat deep inside their own half. The host tried to find Ronaldo in front of the goal a few times, but it was Talisca who scored the opener for Al Nassr.A searching cross into the box got past Ronaldo’s head before Talisca turned it into Al Nassr’s match-winner with a precise header.


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