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Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr Side Fail in Their Quest to Land the Saudi Pro League
- Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr miss out on the Saudi Pro League title
- Al-Nassr shared the spoils with Al Etiffaq while Al Ittihad beat Al Feiha 3-0 to be crowned Saudi champions
- He failed to add to his 14 goals in the Saudi top flight during the game and was substituted in the dying embers
Cristiano Ronaldo and Al-Nassr were left crestfallen as their quest to land the 2022-23 Saudi Pro League title ended after drawing with Al Etiffaw, with one game remaining.
Ronaldo's title ambition in the Gulf region at the first attempt came to a frustrating end, while Al Ittihad were crowned champions following their 3-0 success away to Al Feiha.
It was a frustrating night for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who failed to find the back of the net and was withdrawn from the game after 84 minutes, Eurosport reports.
Frenchman Youssoufou Niakate put Etiffaq in the lead just before halftime, but former Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo gave the visitors a lifeline with the equalizer in the 56th minute. Unfortunately, the Knights of Nahd could not complete their comeback as they settled for a 1-1 scoreline, which ended their league quest.
Ronaldo finds himself facing another trophyless season as Al-Nassr's failure to clinch the Saudi Pro League title this season extends the club's five-year wait for domestic glory.
This disappointment comes on the heels of his uneventful return to Manchester United, where he also endured a similar outcome last season.
Despite missing out on the Saudi championship, Cristiano boasts a healthy scoring record, netting 14 times in 16 outings for Al-Nassr, averaging 0.87 goals per game, per Transfermarkt.
Ronaldo loses record to Messi
In a rather distressing news for Ronaldo, Sports Brief reported that Lionel Messi became the most prolific footballer in Europe's top five leagues thanks to his title-winning goal for Paris Saint-Germain's 1-1 draw with Strasbourg on Saturday, May 27.
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Messi's effort from close range after receiving a pass from Kylian Mbappe took his tally for the season to 16 goals, sealing the French Ligue 1 crown for the Parisians in what will be his penultimate game in France.
The empyrean Argentine reached the landmark as Europe's most prolific footballer in 575 games, 51 matches less than Ronaldo.