Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in Al Nasr’s Saudi league debut.


Riyadh: Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score on his Saudi Pro League debut for Al Nasr, but his presence wowed the fans as the team beat Etipark 1-0 at the King Saud University Stadium on Sunday to regain first place. Taliska scored the winner with a header in the 31st minute when Abdulmajid Al-Sulaihim’s cross was too high for Ronaldo.

After 14 matches, Al-Nasr finished one point ahead of defending champion Al-Hilal, who played one more match. Al Nassr fans had to wait three weeks to see their new hero in competitive action after one of the most sensational transfers in football history was announced. On Thursday, Ronaldo played for Al Nasr and Al Hilal’s combined XI in an exhibition match against a Paris Saint-Germain side featuring longtime rival Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner who has played for Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United, signed Al Nasr to a June 2025 contract after apparently turning down offers from Europe, North America and elsewhere. According to media reports, the Portuguese star could earn up to $200 million a year from his contract, making him the highest-paid soccer player in history. Al-Nasr chairman Mussali AlMuamar did not confirm the figures for Ronaldo’s two-and-a-half-year contract, but said the 37-year-old deserves to be the highest-paid player on the planet.

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