Ronaldo Wears Saudi Garment After Making AFC Champions League Debut

Ronaldo Wears Saudi Garment After Making AFC Champions League Debut

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
September 22, 2023 at 7:09 AM
  • Al-Nassr captain Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have fully adopted the Saudi Arabian culture
  • The veteran forward is held in high esteem and is deemed an ambassador of the Gulf nation
  • Ronaldo has been near-perfect in front of the goal as his team impresses on multiple fronts

Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have wholeheartedly embraced Saudi Arabian culture, as evidenced by his recent wearing of a thobe.

The veteran, who joined Al-Nassr in December 2022, is credited with inspiring numerous high-profile players to make their way to the Middle East. Ronaldo is also recognised as an ambassador for Saudi Arabia.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Saudi Arabia, traditional dress, Al-Nassr
Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have seemingly adopted Saudi culture. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN
Source: Twitter

The Portuguese phenom has regained his form since his unconventional yet bold transfer, which came after his tumultuous second stint with Premier League side, Manchester United.

Despite not winning any trophies with the Knights of Najd last season, Ronaldo changed that narrative by scoring a brace as his team clinched the Arab Club Champions Cup, according to Reuters.

Currently, he leads the Saudi Pro League's top scorers' chart with seven goals from six games, per Transfermarkt.

Ronaldo spotted wearing Saudi traditional dress

Off the field, the 38-year-old has clearly immersed himself in the Saudi way of life.

In a video circulating on social media, spotted by Sports Brief, Ronaldo was spotted wearing a white thobe as he engaged in conversation with close associates, including Cristiano Jr.

What is a thobe?

A thobe is a traditional robe, typically ankle-length with long sleeves, primarily worn by men in the Arabian Peninsula, as well as in certain East and West African countries.

The wearing of a thobe can vary based on local customs and traditions, with some opting for it on formal occasions and others considering it suitable for informal settings.

Notably, in the Gulf states, thobes are the predominant choice for men's formal attire.

Ronaldo performs Saudi traditional dance

Sports Brief also reported on Ronaldo showcasing his appreciation for Saudi culture by performing a traditional dance after scoring two goals for Al-Nassr in their Saudi Pro League match against Al-Shabab.

The Portuguese veteran and club captain, who has been in excellent goal-scoring form since the start of the new season, played a pivotal role in the Knights of Najd's dominant win at home at Al-Awwal Park.

Following his accurate penalty kick, Ronaldo momentarily set aside his signature 'Siuuu' celebration and other newer styles in favour of showcasing Saudi Arabian culture by displaying his dancing skills.

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