April 9, 2023
When Ronaldo revealed his decision of leaving Old Trafford and embracing a new adventure in Saudi Arabia, many doubted this was the right move for the Portuguese forward. However and as time passes, Ronaldo has been proving this may have been a option after all...
Cristiano Ronaldo graced the Premier League with a number of memorable goals and countless special moments during his time in England's top flight. It was nearly 20 years ago that we first saw Ronaldo wearing the Manchester United jersey to debut in the Premier League. In 2008, the Portuguese superstar left to Real Madrid but he would return to Manchester United in 2021. He may have left Old Trafford a few months ago under a dark cloud, but the Portuguese have found a new home in Saudi Arabia.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Fearless:
The Premier League is, without a doubt, one of the biggest and most prestigious leagues on the planet. This season, there is a fascinating title battle, a thrilling fight for Europe, and the relegation scrap could go to the wire. In terms of the title, you can place your football bets online and get Arsenal at 4/6 to win their first crown since 2004. Looking at the Premier League winner odds for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola's men are priced at 11/10 to retain the title.
Every player dreams of gracing the top leagues in the world, and Ronaldo has made a huge impact on the modern era of top-flight English football. His second coming at Old Trafford may not have turned out the way he or Manchester United would have liked, but the Portugal skipper was still a huge hit with the fans. He was right to move on at the time he did, and Ronaldo is now making waves in the Saudi Pro League with Al-Nassr.
Ronaldo could have played in any major European league when he decided to leave Manchester last November. The footballing world was stunned when he announced his Old Trafford departure on the eve of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but his decision to move to Saudi Arabia to play for Al-Nassr sent out even bigger shockwaves.
Although United are doing just fine without him, Ronaldo has been a miss in the Premier League since his departure. Despite his controversial exit, he is a legend in the red half of Manchester, and the No. 7 has certainly left his mark on the Premier League.
Cristiano Ronaldo on the scoresheet 🐐 pic.twitter.com/fOXh6e0zma— GOAL (@goal) April 4, 2023
As expected, Ronaldo has hit the ground running at Mrsool Park. He was already a hit with the Al-Nassr fans before arriving in Saudi Arabia, but his popularity has gone up a few notches after making an exceptional start to his Al-Nassr career. In typical Ronaldo fashion, the 38-year-old has made the Saudi Pro League look easy on occasion.
Cristiano Ronaldo already has 10 league goals for Al Nassr 📈 pic.twitter.com/cVMV9prAWF— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 4, 2023
He has already had several standout moments in an Al-Nassr shirt. He opened his account in game two against Al Fateh and never looked back. Ronaldo's best display came in a 4-0 win over Al Wehda in February, as the Portuguese rolled back the years by scoring all four goals. A couple of weeks later, he netted a hat-trick in a 3-0 victory against Damac and has been in great form for his new side.
The Saudi Pro League may not be the most prestigious of divisions in the world, but Ronaldo is enjoying his football again and playing with a smile on his face. He may be approaching 40, but in-form Ronaldo is showing no signs of letting up.
Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League is on April 9, Al Feiha. You can watch Al Nassr vs Al Feiha, Benfica vs Inter, Barcelona vs Girona, Manchester City vs Bayern Munich, Liverpool vs Arsenal and Leeds vs Crystal Palace, all matches provided from our live soccer game pages.
Al Nassr next game:
Al Nassr vs Al Feiha kick-off time (09-04-2023):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 03:00
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:30
Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) | UTC/GMT+3: 22:00
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 21:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 16:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 12:00
Sources: ronaldo7.net / efl.com / theguardian.com