With Cristiano Ronaldo making his debut for Al Nassr, followers have been despatched right into a state of frenzy as the previous Manchester United ahead was in classic type on the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh. The Portugal captain failed to attain a objective however undoubtedly made a mark in his debut, which noticed Talisca rating a first-half objective as Al Nassr sealed a 1-0 win in opposition to Ettifaq. The midfielder headed the winner within the Thirty first-minute after Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem’s cross was too excessive for Ronaldo. The outcome helped Al Nassr climb to the highest of the desk, a degree forward of second-placed Al Hilal.
Ronaldo had initially made his debut in Saudi Arabia on Thursday final week, when PSG confronted a Saudi All-Star XI facet consisting of gamers from Al Hilal and Al Nassr. PSG received the match with a 5-4 scoreline, however Ronaldo grabbed a first-half brace for his facet. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi additionally scored an early objective for his facet. The duo exchanged hugs and smiles in what might in all probability be their final sport in opposition to one another.
But now it seems like Messi might comply with in Ronaldo’s footsteps with Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) General Secretary Ibrahim Alkassim anticipating a doable switch for the Argentine captain. The attacker can be but to signal a contract extension with PSG. Reportedly, Al Ittihad and Al Hilal are additionally focused on his signature.
Speaking to Marca, Alkassim stated, “At the moment we do not know anything about a possible Lionel Messi arrival. Although I will not hide that, as the Saudi Federation, we would like to have him one day in the domestic league.”
“The idea of the Federation is always to improve our football, and of course we would like to see Cristiano and Messi in the same league again, but the truth is that we don’t know anything now”, he additional added.
Messi’s contract is ready to run out in the summertime and if he does depart, he might be aiming to win the UEFA Champions League with the Ligue 1 facet. He additionally led Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar final yr, one thing which Ronaldo could not. Portugal crashed out of the quarter-finals with Ronaldo coming off the bench within the final two video games.