Cristiano Ronaldo made his competitive debut for his new club Al Nassr in their 1-0 win over Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League on Sunday. The 37-year-old Portugal forward joined the club last month on a deal that runs until 2025, reportedly earning more than £177m per year. He led the line and played the entire game in which Brazilian midfielder Talisca scored the winner.
Al Nassr are currently sitting at the top of the Saudi league, a point above second-placed Al Hilal. Ronaldo was greeted by banners and cheers from his adoring fans at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, where he was able to showcase his skills on the field.
Ronaldo’s debut with Al Nassr comes after he scored twice in Riyadh All-Star XI’s 5-4 defeat by Lionel Messi’s Paris St-Germain in an exhibition match on Thursday. This match served as a preview for the highly-anticipated showdown between the two football legends in the Saudi league. Fans are eagerly awaiting their next meeting on the pitch