Al-Nasr coach Rudi Garcia confirmed the participation of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time in the “Al-Alamy” jersey, in front of Al-Ettifaq next week in the Saudi Professional Football League.
Al-Nasr signed Ronaldo in a huge deal about two weeks ago, but he missed two matches against Al-Taie and Al-Shabab due to a previous suspension since he was in Manchester United.
“Ronaldo will be present in front of the agreement” on Sunday, January 22 at Marsoul Park Stadium, in the 14th round, Garcia told a press conference after the 0-0 draw with Al-Shabab to maintain the league lead today, Saturday.
Ronaldo, 37, who was without a club after his contract with Manchester United was terminated by mutual consent in November, joined Al-Nassr with a two-and-a-half-year contract in a deal that media valued at more than 200 million euros.
However, the historic top scorer for national teams and Real Madrid may play his first match in Saudi Arabia during a friendly match that brings together Al-Nasr and Al-Hilal players against Paris Saint-Germain on the 19th of this month.
Al-Nasr missed the decisive touch in the attack outside its stadium today, in front of its direct competitor, Al-Shabab, despite the participation of the league’s top scorer, Anderson Talisca. Question marks were raised about not paying Cameroonian striker Vincent Abu Bakr, despite his presence on the bench.
Speculation indicated that Abu Bakr would leave Al-Nassr to make way for Ronaldo in the yellow team’s attack.
“Abu Bakr just returned from an injury and it was difficult to risk him for fear of aggravating his injury,” the French coach explained.
Victory may prefer the exit of full-back Gislan Konan from the Ivory Coast or Uzbekistan midfielder Jalaluddin Masharipov to register Ronaldo in the list of foreign players.
The injury of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina may restore the club’s accounts, and the victim may be a foreign player if he is forced to be absent for a long time.
Garcia said that Ospina, who was injured in the last moments in today’s youth meeting, had a dislocated shoulder, according to the initial diagnosis.