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Ronaldo Mania: Persepolis Coach on Cloud 9 About Al Nassr Star in Iran Ahead of Champions League Tie
- Iran was engulfed in a wave of Cristiano Ronaldo enthusiasm as fervent fans chased after him and his Al-Nassr teammates
- A throng of enthusiastic fans gathered, vying for a chance to catch a glimpse of Ronaldo
- The ex-Real Madrid star is expected to make his debut appearance in the AFC Champions League against Iran's Persepolis
Persepolis manager, Yahya Golmohammadi has shared his thoughts on the exuberant welcome that greeted Cristiano Ronaldo and his Al-Nassr teammates upon their arrival in Tehran, Iran.
In anticipation of their first AFC Champions League group match of the season, Al-Nassr journeyed to Iran, where they were met with an exuberant crowd eager to catch a glimpse of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Videos circulating on social media strongly suggested that the Iranian capital came to a standstill for one man: Ronaldo. Along with his team, their bus made its way to the hotel, per Reuters.
In their hundreds, fans flooded the streets, with some even scaling hills to get a glimpse of the team at their lodging. The overwhelming numbers, both in the streets and at the hotel, prompted Al-Nassr to call off their training plans.
In response to the Ronaldo frenzy, which seems to have captivated individuals of all ages in Tehran, Persepolis coach Golmohammadi praised the sheer impact of the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus maestro.
“We are happy with the arrival of Ronaldo," the 52-year-old said, as quoted by CristianoXtra.
"He is a legendary player. It is difficult to contain him.”
Fans in Iran 'go crazy' for Ronaldo
In a related publication, Sports Brief reported that Iran was engulfed in Cristiano Ronaldo fever as passionate fans chased down the Al-Nassr team bus and swarmed the club's hotel upon the arrival of the superstar.
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Enormous crowds gathered along the streets, eager to catch a glimpse of the 38-year-old ahead of Tuesday's Asian Champions League clash with Persepolis.
This spectacle serves as compelling evidence of Ronaldo's growing popularity in Asia since his move to Saudi Arabia in January this year.
Al-Nassr cancel training due to crowd
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Al-Nassr reportedly cancelled their training session scheduled for Monday as a result of the presence of hundreds of excited football fans eager to get a glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo.
This decision appeared to be influenced by concerns related to the security of the players.