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Cristiano Ronaldo starts with a win after lucrative Saudi move | Football News – Times of India

RIYADH: Cristiano Ronaldo made a winning start to life in the Saudi Pro League as he led Al Nassr to a 1-0 victory over Ettifaq on Sunday in his first match since becoming the best paid footballer in history.The Portuguese superstar didn't score but there were promising signs for Al Nassr, who are eyeing domestic and continental silverware after the 37-year-old moved for deals totalling more than 400 million euros.Matchwinners 💪Good job, boys 🤩 https://t.co/XHOi022EKz— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) 1674424210000However, Ronaldo's league debut had an anticlimactic feel in front of 22,862 fans after he scored twice in this week's lively 5-4 exhibition defeat to Lionel Messi's Paris Saint-Germain."He's one of the best players in the history of football, so it's very important for us to do eve...
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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. قائمة الفريق الرسمية في مباراة #النصر_الاتفاق اليوم 💛 بالتوفيق لنجومنا 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Ydz8FSlpto — نادي النصر السعودي (@AlNassrFC) January 22, 2023 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 t...
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Virat Kohli slams Cristiano Ronaldo critics, says CR7 is 38 and still doing it at the highest level | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A die-hard Cristiano Ronaldo fan, Virat Kohli slammed CR7 critics on Friday and came out in full support of Portugese striker saying the veteran player is 38 and still coming up with the top performance at the highest level.Reacting on Ronaldo's last night performance against Lionel Messi's Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in a friendly where the striker made his competitive debut for Saudi club Al Nassr.The Portuguese 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 against PSG.Though Ronaldo's team lost 4-5, the highly-anticipated contest offered much entertainment to fans as long-time rivals Ronaldo and Messi shared the pitch together for possibly the last time.Former Indian skipper Koh...
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Watch: Ronaldo picks up an unwanted souvenir from goalkeeper Keylor Navas, gets punched in face

Apart from his two splendid goals against Lionel Messi’s PSG, another reason Cristiano Ronaldo is making headlines post Al-Nassr’s triumph is for the unwanted souvenir he picked up from one of his former teammates. When the first half of the game was progressing to the half-time, the Portuguese superstar was punched by goalkeeper Keylor Navas and his former teammate. The contact was enough for the hosts to earn a penalty and render Ronaldo with a big, black eye. Ronaldo was flattened in the boxing-match style by the PSG goalkeeper Navas after about 30 minutes in Riyad. Navas caught Ronaldo flush in the face with his forearm under a high ball. Watch video: Ronaldo was grimacing in pain from his bruised cheekbone, but he steadied himself before scoring from the penalty spot for his firs...
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Al Nassr vs PSG Match Highlights: Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe Meets Cristiano Ronaldo | Times of India | Football News – Times of India

RIYADH: Cristiano Ronaldo recovered from a punch in the face to score twice against Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday in a lively reunion with his great rival Lionel Messi that demonstrated the financial firepower of the resource-rich Gulf.Ronaldo, 37, was decked by PSG 'keeper Keylor Navas's flailing fist but he drilled the resulting penalty and then added another in a 5-4 exhibition defeat, his first appearance since moving to Saudi Arabia in a deal said to total more than 400 million euros.For Qatar-owned PSG, Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored and Neymar missed a penalty before they withdrew on the hour-mark alongside Ronaldo, who was representing a composite Saudi side, to leave the world's four best-paid players watching from the bench in Riyadh.Hundreds of millions of euros worth ...
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Al-Nassr vs Paris-Saint-Germain (Ronaldo vs Messi) Live Streaming: When and where to watch the match live?

PSG vs Al Nassr FC Live Streaming: After wrapping up a historic world cup in Qatar, long-time rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are all set to lock horns in a friendly match on Thursday, January 19th at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While they didn’t get a chance to battle it out during the FIFA World Cup, the duo will grace the stadium once again as Al-Nassr XI team which will be a mixture of Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr players take on french champions PSG. The game on Thursday will be Ronaldo’s debut match for his new club after his dramatic exit from Manchester United a few weeks ago. According to reports, Ronaldo will also be captaining his side. PSG vs Saudi Al-Nassr Live Streaming Details: When will PSG vs Saudi Al-Nassr match be played? PSG vs Sau...
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Ronaldo-Messi rivalry set for new chapter in Riyadh

A new chapter in the celebrated rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will unfurl on Thursday when they meet in an exhibition match as the Portugal forward gears up for his first game in Saudi Arabia since joining Al Nassr. After a glittering career in Europe that saw him win four Champions League titles with Real Madrid and two Scudettos at Juventus, Ronaldo signed for Al Nassr, describing it as the “right moment” to share his experience in Asia. The Saudi club is the latest stop in Ronaldo’s career that began in 2002 at Sporting CP before the forward spent two spells at Manchester United, the last of which ended on a bitter note as he exited following his acrimonious split with the club. Ronaldo and Messi, who have dominated football’s debate about the greatest of all ti...
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Could Ronaldo transform Saudi’s footballing landscape like Pele did in USA?

When Pele joined New York Cosmos, in 1975, he announced: “You can say now to the world that soccer has finally arrived in the United States.” Cristiano Ronaldo is not as gifted with words as Pele was but he would sound equally dramatic if he were to say “football has finally arrived in Saudi Arabia”, when he turns up for Riyadh’s Al Nassr club, which would roll out 173 million pounds for his services. In Ronaldo the city has found its perfect match. And Ronaldo has found the perfect match in the city too. Of all the cities that Cristiano Ronaldo has played in, cities more historic and grand in the football-scape, Riyadh perhaps captures the spirit of Ronaldo more than any other locales. A city that sprung from sand, like the footballer that scaled the loftiest peaks in the game with ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo left off FIFA award list headed by Messi, Mbappe

Cristiano Ronaldo was left off the the 14-player shortlist for the annual Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the first time, with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé among those selected. Ronaldo, who was released by Manchester United and benched by Portugal during the World Cup, won the FIFA award the first two times it was handed out — in 2016 and 2017 — and was among the three finalists the following three years. This was the first time he was not even selected as a contender by a FIFA-appointed expert panel. The award was rebranded in 2016 following a six-year period where the former FIFA World Player of the Year Award had merged with the annual Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo finished seventh in the voting last year, when Robert Lewandowski won for the second time in a row ahead of Messi and Mohamed...
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Cristiano Ronaldo will double his £175 million salary if he promotes Saudi Arabia’s bid for 2030 World Cup: Report

Cristiano Ronaldo, who reportedly gets a whopping £175 million-per-year after signing with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, will also earn an additional £175 million if he promotes the Middle Eastern country’s bid for the 2030 World Cup with Egypt and Greece, as per AFP, as quoted by The Sun. A spokesperson for Ronaldo, however, denied that he has agreed to promote the 2030 World Cup, according to the report. But if he does ultimately relent and puts his support behind Saudi’s bid for the 2030 edition of the World Cup, he will be going up against his own country Portugal, who are also trying to earn the right with Spain and Ukraine. Not to mention, he’ll be earning almost £1 million-per-week. In December, Ronaldo had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al Nassr after leaving Manchest...
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Make Every Workout Count: Cristiano Ronaldo posts while waiting for Al Nassr debut

Cristiano Ronaldo, who is awaiting his debut for new club Al Nassr shared pictures of his workout session on his social media handles. Captioned, “Make Every Workout Count,” the Portuguese superstar is seen doing various exercises in the gym. Ronaldo will have to wait until January 22 before he can make his debut for Al Nassr due to him currently serving suspension because of the time he smashed an Everton fan’s phone out of their hand whilst leaving the pitch at Goodison Park in November. He has already sat out one of the 2-match ban during Friday’s 2-0 win over Al-Ta’ee and will also miss playing against Al Shabab on January 14. He will resume in the 14th round of the Saudi Arabian League against Al Ettifaq on January 22. Make every workout count💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/B9Ja80OwTl — Cris...
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Al-Nassr coach wants Ronaldo to ‘rediscover pleasure of playing’ | Football News – Times of India

RIYADH: Al-Nassr coach Rudi Garcia hopes that Cristiano Ronaldo will "rediscover the pleasure of playing" when he brings a little stardust to the Saudi Arabian league."The only thing I wish for Ronaldo is that he rediscovers the pleasure of playing and smiles again because in recent months between Manchester United, the national team and then at a personal level he hasn't had easy moments," Garcia said Sunday on the sidelines of the Dakar Rally being staged in the kingdom."If he finds the pleasure of playing again, that will already be a goal achieved," added the coach who described the 37-year-old Portuguese international as a "tremendous athlete".Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, has penned a contract until 2025 with the Saudi club in a deal worth a reported 200 million euros.T...
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Ronaldo not in Al Nassr’s squad for Al Tai game

Cristiano Ronaldo was not included in Al Nassr’s squad for Friday’s Saudi Professional League match against Al Tai, amid media reports that the Portugal forward was going to make his debut despite having a two-match suspension. The 37-year-old will miss his first two domestic games for the Saudi Arabian club after being suspended by England’s Football Association (FA) for knocking a phone out of a fan’s hand after Manchester United’s defeat at Everton in April. According to FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP), any sanction of up to four matches that has been issued to a player by their former association must be “enforced by the new association.” The game against Al Tai was originally scheduled for Thursday but was postponed by 24 hours due to heavy rain and ...
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Ronaldo must serve two-match ban before Al Nassr debut: Official | Football News – Times of India

RIYADH: Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo still needs to serve a two-match English Football Association ban before making his Al Nassr debut, an official at the Saudi club told AFP on Friday.Ronaldo was slapped with the ban in November for hitting a mobile phone out of a teenage fan's hand after Manchester United, his club at the time, lost to Everton."The ban is applicable after he is officially registered," one Al Nassr official, who did not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak to media, told AFP.Al Nassr has not yet registered Ronaldo because the Saudi club have exceeded their quota for foreign players.Ronaldo, whose deal is worth an estimated 200 million euros to June 2025, is Al Nassr's ninth foreign player -- one more than the eight allowed by Saudi footbal...
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Cristiano Ronaldo urged to highlight human rights issues in Saudi Arabia | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Cristiano Ronaldo has been urged to speak out about human rights issues in Saudi Arabia after completing his big-money move to Al Nassr.The Portugal superstar, who was greeted by fireworks and deafening roars at Al Nassr's Mrsool Park stadium on Tuesday, said he wanted to "be part of the success of the country and the culture of the country".The 37-year-old left Manchester United in November after an explosive interview in which he criticised the club and manager Erik ten Hag.Amnesty International said Ronaldo's signing is part of a "wider pattern of sportswashing" in Saudi Arabia.The arrival of the former Real Madrid forward comes against the backdrop of a Saudi push into sports including golf, boxing, tennis and F1 as well as football, following the takeover of English Premier...
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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Saudi Arabia but says he has come to ‘South Africa’

After completing his move to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo made a slip up during his official presentation in Riyadh on Tuesday when he mistakenly said that he had “come to South Africa.” “For me it is not the end of my career to come to South Africa,” Ronaldo said at the news conference. “I really don’t worry about what people say. I took my decision and I have responsibility to change that, but for me I’m really, really happy to be here,” he added. However, it was clearly a slip of the tongue and Ronaldo seemingly unaware about it went on to outline his reasons for joining Al Nassr and said he had turned down “many clubs” around the world to complete one of the most surprising moves in soccer history. “I want to give a different vision of this country and football. Th...
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‘Unique’ Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to break records in Saudi stint | Football News – Times of India

RIYADH: Cristiano Ronaldo described himself as a "unique player" and insisted his career was not over as he arrived at his new club Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.The Portuguese forward, 37, has signed a huge deal estimated at 200 million euros ($211m) after glittering spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.Ball’s signed by the greatest ⚽️🔥What a lucky one 😂💛 https://t.co/uqVDxXdRPU— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) 1672768066000"I'm a unique player. It's good to come here, I broke all the records there (in Europe) and I want to break a few records here," Ronaldo told media at Al Nassr's Mrsool Park stadium."I'm coming here to win, to play, to enjoy, to be part of the success of the country and culture of the country," he added.Walks of the greatness 🐐💛 https://t.co/7FzLZS...
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My work in Europe is done: Cristiano Ronaldo after Al Nassr unveiling

Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday was officially unveiled as a Al Nassr player in a glittering opening ceremony before the Saudi’s club’s thousands of fans at the Mrsool Park Stadium. After the official unveiling Ronaldo said in a press conference that he is ‘feeling very good and very proud to make this big decision’ and insisted his work is done and has played in the ‘most important club in Europe and is ready for a new challenge’. He also added that he wanted to ‘show and develop the new and young generation in Saudi Arabia as well as the woman’s game’. Ronaldo revealed his family are happy about his decision to move and have supported him. ‘The welcome is amazing and I’m really proud,’ the former Manchester United player said. الأسطورة البرتغالية لاعب #النصر كريستيانو رونالدو خلال المؤت...
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Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in Saudi Arabia ahead of grand Al Nassr unveiling | Football News – Times of India

RIYADH: Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Riyadh ahead of his grand unveiling before thousands of fans at Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr club on Tuesday, after sealing a shock move estimated at more than 200 million euros.The 37-year-old, a five-time winner of the Ballon d'Or, touched down in the capital late on Monday, according to Al Ekhbariya state run TV, and is staying at a luxury hotel with his entourage."He brought a big team of assistants and even a private security firm," an official told AFP.There are high security measures around the airport with many police cars and checkpoints.Ronaldo, who left Manchester United under a cloud after slamming the club in a TV interview, will appear at Al Nassr's 25,000-capacity Mrsool Park stadium in Riyadh at 7:00 pm (1600 GMT) on T...
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Watch: Al Nassr fans chant Ronaldo’s name, perform trademark celebration during match against Al-Khaleej

Cristiano Ronaldo recently signed a lucrative contract with Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr and the club’s fans can’t wait to see the Portuguese superstar in action. On Saturday, the fans were seen chanting Ronaldo’s name and performing his trademark Siiuu celebration in the stands as Al Nassr ran way with a 1-0 victory over Al-Khaleej. It was reported by Daily Mail that Al-Nassr fans were already queuing to get their hands on the superstar’s famous No 7 shirt and the latest chants were only a teaser of the reaction which will engulf the stadiums once Ronaldo dons the jersey and comes out to play. Ronaldo has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al Nassr after leaving Manchester United for free. He departed Old Trafford in November following an explosive television interview in which t...