Cristiano Ronaldo got off to a winning start with Al Nassr on Sunday as the Portugal international captained the club to a 1-0 home victory over Al-Ettifaq on his debut.
Ronaldo terminated his contract with Manchester United last month in the wake of a controversial interview, before penning a deal to 2025 with the Saudi Arabian side.
The 37-year-old, who will earn a reported £177 million per year at his new club, was immediately handed the captain’s armband for his debut.
He started up front for Rudi Garcia’s side, but it was a first-half goal from Brazilian midfielder Anderson Talisca that proved decisive.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – JANUARY 22: A fan holds a banner supporting Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr during the Saudi Pro League match between Al Nassr and Al Ettifaq at Mrsool Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on January 22, 2023. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agenc
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The three points keep Al Nassr at the summit of the Saudi Pro League table after 14 games, but Al Hilal are one point behind and Al Ittihad are just two points back.
It was Ronaldo’s first competitive appearance since the World Cup, where he was controversially dropped to the bench as the tournament progressed until Portugal’s quarter-final exit.
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