Al Nassr vs Al Etiffaq: Ronaldo’s First Competitive Game for Saudi Side Sold Out in Less Than an Hour

Al Nassr vs Al Etiffaq: Ronaldo’s First Competitive Game for Saudi Side Sold Out in Less Than an Hour

  • Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr debut is on the horizon and fans of the club are chomping at the bit to witness the ex-Man United superstar
  • The 37-year-old recently joined Al-Nassr after agreeing to a contract that runs until 2025 and is reportedly worth more than 200 million euros
  • Before he makes his competitive bow for Al-Nassr, Ronaldo will cross paths with his eternal rival Leo Messi for the umpteenth time in a friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo's much-vaunted Al-Nassr debut is in the offing as supporters brace themselves to witness the Portuguese superstar for the first time in an official game.

Ronaldo, who will turn 38 in February, had his Al-Nassr bow delayed due to a two-game ban slapped on him by the English FA back in November.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is however billed to make his competitive debut on January 22 against Al-Etiffaq.

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According to The CR7 Timeline, the first batch of tickets for Ronaldo's first official outing for Al-Nassr against Al-Ettifaq sold out in less than an hour.

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Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr as a free agent after leaving Manchester United following a controversial interview in which he criticised the club. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN
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The Portugal captain has received rave reviews from Al-Nassr's assistant coach Stephane Jobard for his humility and willingness to get going on the pitch, Daily Post reports.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo could renew his rivalry with Lionel Messi when his new club face Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly slated for January 19 at the King Fahd Stadium.

Ronaldo projected on iconic building

The fanfare surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Saudi Arabia is very much alive.

The former Manchester United striker sealed a sensational transfer switch to Al Nassr at the end of December.

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His move to Asia came just weeks after his lucrative contract with the Red Devils was terminated prematurely.

Al-Nassr clarifies Ronaldo's contract

Sports Brief earlier reported that Al-Nassr have come out to clarify that their contract with Cristiano Ronaldo does not involve any help with Saudi Arabia's 2030 World Cup bid.

Ronaldo signed a lucrative deal with the Riyadh-based side after a tumultuous end to his Manchester United career. A lot of rumours have been circulating about his huge contract.

It was first alleged that there was a clause that would allow the Portuguese star to return to the Premier League if Newcastle qualified for the Champions League.