Saudi National Day: 4 Best Photos As Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard Steps Out in Traditional Dress

Saudi National Day: 4 Best Photos As Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard Steps Out in Traditional Dress

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
September 23, 2023 at 9:26 AM
  • Steven Gerrard joined a host of other top stars in Saudi Arabia in marking the Saudi National Day
  • The Saudi National Day, or Al-Yaom-ul-Watany, marks 93 years of the Kingdom's remarkable journey, celebrated by all
  • Meanwhile, Gerrard's Ettifaq are among the early pacesetters in the Saudi League this season

Steven Gerrard looked splendid as he joined the ranks of football icons based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, embracing their culture.

The Englishman swiftly returned to the coaching arena by taking the helm at Saudi Pro League club Al Ettifaq after being dismissed by Aston Villa last season.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool, Al Ettifaq, Saudi National Day
Steven Gerrard embraced Saudi Arabian culture as evidenced in his wearing of the traditional outfit. Photo credit: @Ettifaq_EN @LFC
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Since then, he has rejuvenated his managerial career, which had appeared to be in decline during his tenure at Villa.

The Dammam-based club have been making a positive impact in the Saudi top division under Gerrard's guidance.

Currently, Ettifaq sits in fourth place, accumulating 16 points from seven matches — just one point behind second-placed Al-Hilal and two points behind league leaders Al-Ittihad, per Fox Sports.

In these seven games, the Knight of Ad-Dahna have impressively won five, drawn one, and lost one, scoring a total of 15 goals, averaging 2.1 goals per game.

Gerrard's Saudi traditional outfit

On the occasion of Saudi National Day, celebrated annually, the former Liverpool captain was seen fully adorned in Saudi traditional attire.

The 43-year-old sported a red and white checkered Keffiyeh, known as a ghutrah in Arabic, secured with a black Agal to keep the headdress in place.

He also wore the customary white thobe and carried a memento in honour of Saudi National Day.

Ronaldo, Mane filmed wearing Saudi attire

Similar to Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane have seamlessly adapted to their new surroundings in Saudi Arabia, as evidenced by their appearance in traditional Saudi attire alongside their fellow Al-Nassr teammates in a recent video.

Al-Nassr shared the video on their official X (formerly Twitter) page, providing a glimpse of the team and the local culture. In the video, the two superstar athletes were observed wearing traditional Saudi clothing.

Ronaldo sported a white thobe with a black Bisht draped over it, and he held a sword, while Mane chose a white thobe with a butter-coloured Bisht as his attire.

Gerrard becomes 4th highest-paid manager

Sports Brief also reported that Steven Gerrard has now risen to the rank of the fourth highest-paid manager worldwide following his appointment as head coach of the Saudi Pro League side, Al Ettifaq.

The former Liverpool star, who won the Champions League in 2005, is said to be earning a substantial annual salary of £15.2 million in his new position.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.