Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first purpose for Al-Nassr on Friday with an damage time that helped his workforce safe a 2-2 draw in opposition to Al Fateh. Followers of the membership, nonetheless, didn’t get to see the Portuguese soccer nice’s signature celebration although, with the 37-year-old selecting to gather the ball and shortly run to the centre circle to get the sport restarted shortly within the hopes of a winner.
Former Barcelona star Cristian Tello had put Al Fateh forward within the twelfth minute after which Talisca equalised for Al-Nassr within the forty second minute. Al Fateh took the lead as soon as once more by Sofiane Bendebka within the 58th minute however Ronaldo’s last-gasp penalty helped Al-Nassr take one thing from the sport.
Ronaldo signed a 2 and a half 12 months take care of Al Nassr in December, reported to be price over 200 million Euros, and was appointed captain shortly after his arrival. Al Nassr now high the standings after 15 video games, stage on 34 factors with second-placed Al Shabab however with a match in hand. They subsequent journey to Al Wedha on Thursday.
Al-Nassr suffered a 3-1 defeat to Al Ittihad within the Saudi Tremendous Cup earlier. He had made his Al-Nassr debut earlier on January 22 in a 1-0 win for the facet over Ettifaq within the Saudi Professional League, on the King Saud College Stadium. Ronaldo’s transfer to Saudi Arabia surprised the world and it additionally got here after a falling out along with his earlier membership Manchester United over his decreased sport time. The Portugal captain noticed his contract with Manchester United get terminated after a controversial interview with broadcaster Piers Morgan, the place he criticised the membership’s hierarchy and supervisor Erik ten Hag.
The attacker arrived at Outdated Trafford for his second stint throughout the summer time switch window in 2021, having spent 12 years in Madrid and Turin. On returning, he ended the season with 24 targets in all competitions, with 18 of these within the Premier League, making him the third-highest goalscorer within the Golden Boot race. Ronaldo was additionally named within the Premier League Staff of the 12 months, and in addition grabbed the membership’s Sir Matt Busby Participant of the Yr award.
Regardless of his inspirational performances, United completed in sixth place, failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. After Ten Hag’s arrival, he received relegated to the bench with the previous Ajax coach preferring Marcus Rashford. Ronaldo managed to attain just one purpose in 10 2022-23 Premier League appearances and two targets within the Europa League. In the meantime, he bagged two assists within the Europa League.