Ronaldo’s Championship Dream Shattered in the Saudi Pro League


Before round 29, Al Nassr is trailing Al Ittihad by three points and is looking to make a comeback in the championship race. Al Nassr’s goal is to win the title. They displayed that level of determination by racing to put pressure on Al Ettifaq as soon as the referee blew the opening whistle. In the first thirty-six minutes of play, Ronaldo scored three goals, all of which came from outside the penalty area. The cannon shot Ronaldo took in the thirty-fourth minute was the most threatening of the three, as it forced goalkeeper Paulo Victor to make a difficult save.

Ronaldo makes his way through the Al Ettifaq defense while dribbling the ball

The home squad missed numerous additional golden opportunities presented by the away team. By dribbling the ball, Abdulrahman Ghareeb was able to avoid hitting the post with his chest. Luiz Gustavo, a former midfielder for Bayern Munich, cushioned the ball close to the goal when it was in a corner and sent it back toward the post. At the end of the first half, though, Youssoufou Niakate made an unanticipated error that allowed Al Nassr to score first. The French striker capitalized on the opening presented by the infrequent counterattack by the host team.

They were able to tie the game early in the second half owing to a long shot from Gustavo, which was made possible by Al Nassr’s work. However, that is the only thing that the guests are permitted to do. Victor, the goalie for Al Ettifaq, performed like a ball for the remainder of the match by consistently denying Al Nassr opportunities to score goals.

When Gustavo sent the ball into Victor’s net for the second time, it gave the impression that an opportunity for Al Nassr to win had presented itself. At first, the referee acknowledged the goal that had been scored by the visiting team. But when he checked the VAR, he realized that an Al Nassr player had been caught offside and he changed his mind. In the other game going on at the same time, Al Ittihad won 3-0 against Al Feiha. Due to the fact that this outcome widens the gap between the top two teams, which now stand at five points despite the fact that the season has only played one round, the Saudi Pro League title for 2022-2023 will be won by Al Ittihad.


The lack of a trophy in Ronaldo’s collection continues for the second year in a row. Despite scoring 24 goals in all competitions in the previous season, he was unable to assist Manchester United in winning the title when he returned to Old Trafford. In January, Ronaldo signed with Al Nassr with the intention of quenching this club’s hunger for trophies and championships.

However, after scoring 14 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions, the 38-year-old striker was forced to watch his home team get knocked out of the Saudi Super Cup by Al Ittihad in the semi-finals, losing to Al Wehda in the semi-finals of the National Cup, and then finish second in the Saudi Pro. League.

Al Nassr was in the lead on the scoreboard for a considerable amount of time, but they kept making mistakes, which ultimately allowed Al Ittihad to pass them. They received a great deal of backlash from the supporters, which led to the resignation of President Musalli Al-Muammar (who had signed a contract to recruit Ronaldo) and the dismissal of coach Rudi Garcia.


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