April 1, 2023
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo walks on the pitch during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Morocco and Portugal, at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Saudi Arabian membership Al Nassr on a 2-1/2-year deal a month after the 37-year-old striker was launched after his contract with Premier League membership Manchester United was terminated.

Here is what you should know concerning the membership:

What’s the historical past of Al Nassr?

* Established in 1955, Al Nassr relies in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and the membership performs within the nation’s prime league, the Saudi Skilled League (SPL), which incorporates 18 groups.

* He completed final season in third place, six factors behind champion Al Hilal.

* Al Nassr is the second most profitable staff within the league with 9 championships. Their final win was within the 2018-19 season. Solely Al Hilal, additionally based mostly in Riyadh, has received extra titles (18).

* They received the King’s Cup, the nation’s qualifying cup, six occasions, the final time being in 1990.

* The league’s all-time prime scorer Majed Abdullah performed for Al Nassr. The previous Saudi striker scored 189 targets and averaged virtually one objective per sport.

* Al Nassr’s subject is Mrsool Park with a capability of 25,000 individuals.

* Al Nassr’s greatest efficiency in Asia’s premier membership competitors, the AFC Champions League, got here in 1995 once they completed second.

* Saudi groups received the AFC Champions League six occasions; Al Hilal has claimed a document 4 titles whereas Al Ittihad has received the continental competitors twice.

Who’s Al Nassr’s coach and who’s on his workers?

* Al Nassr is coached by Rudi Garcia, who beforehand managed Lille, AS Roma, Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais. The Frenchman has been in workplace since June.

* SPL golf equipment can register eight overseas gamers, however solely seven gamers will be included within the matchday roster.

* Different notable overseas gamers within the roster embrace Cameroon’s World Cup hero Vincent Aboubakar, who modified the sport towards Serbia and scored the profitable objective that surprised Brazil of their final group match in Qatar.

* Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, who beforehand performed in Arsenal and Napoli, and Brazilian former nationwide and midfielder Luiz Gustavo are additionally within the squad.

How is Al Nassr doing this season?

* Al Nassr is second within the league this season, two factors behind chief Al Shabab after 10 weeks.

* To qualify for the 2023–24 AFC Champions League, they have to win the league this season.

What can Ronaldo deliver to Al Nassr?

* Ronaldo topped the all-time leaderboards with 819 hits, scoring over 700 targets in membership soccer and over 100 targets in worldwide soccer.

* Regardless of United’s struggles final season, getting older Ronaldo confirmed he nonetheless had some fuel within the tank when he completed prime scorer with 24 targets, 18 of which had been within the Premier League.

* Nonetheless, he has struggled for United this season and has solely scored thrice in all competitions earlier than leaving.

* He turned the primary participant in Qatar to attain in 5 World Cups, however misplaced his beginning eleven place shortly after Portugal reached the qualifying rounds.

* Scoring targets hasn’t been an issue for Al Nassr this season, however the staff has scored a league-high 24 targets after 10 video games – the identical as Al Shabab within the leaders.

(Reported in Bengaluru by Rohith Nair; edited by Neil Fullick)

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