Al Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo has continued to impress with his new team, scoring two goals in their recent 5-0 win over Al Adalah. The Portuguese international scored his first goal from the penalty spot in the first half, before adding a second with a powerful left-footed drive into the bottom corner. Talisca’s double and Ayman Yahya’s goal completed the rout.
Ronaldo had a slow start with Al Nassr after leaving Manchester United in November, following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan. However, he has now scored 11 goals in as many games for the Saudi side, including two hat-tricks. Despite some questioning his move to the Saudi Pro League, Ronaldo is thriving with his new team.
Fellow football icon Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to the same league this summer, with Al Hilal reportedly sending an official bid to the 35-year-old. The proposed deal for Messi is said to be worth in excess of £350 million-a-year, close to double Ronaldo’s earnings of around £177 million-a-year. However, Messi’s priority is to remain in European football, and a move back to Barcelona has been touted.
Barcelona is set to wait for Financial Fair Play before they send a bid to Paris Saint-Germain for Messi. His current club has also made an offer, but Messi has not accepted it as he is eyeing sporting guarantees in a new deal. It remains to be seen where he ends up beyond the summer, but fans could get the chance to watch him play against Ronaldo once again should he move to Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo’s impressive form with Al Nassr comes after a successful career with several top clubs, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. He has won numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including five Ballon d’Or awards and four European Golden Shoes.
Despite his success, Ronaldo has faced criticism and controversy throughout his career. In 2017, he was accused of tax fraud by Spanish authorities and was fined €18.8 million. He has also been accused of sexual assault in the past, which he denies.
Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr has raised eyebrows, with some questioning why he would choose to play in the Saudi Pro League. However, the footballer has defended his decision, stating that he is excited to be playing in a new league and experiencing a new culture. He has also praised the quality of football in the league, stating that it is improving every year.
Ronaldo’s success with Al Nassr is a testament to his skill and dedication as a footballer. Despite facing criticism and controversy throughout his career, he has continued to perform at the highest level and inspire fans around the world. Whether he continues to play in the Saudi Pro League or moves on to another team, there is no doubt that Ronaldo will continue to be one of the greatest footballers of all time.