Al Nassr vs Al Hilal: Ronaldo Requests Foreign Referee to Officiate Crunch Game

Al Nassr vs Al Hilal: Ronaldo Requests Foreign Referee to Officiate Crunch Game

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at November 28, 2023 at 2:20 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo wants a foreign referee to officiate Al Nassr’s next game
  • Al Nassr are set to travel to league leaders Al Hilal in a top of the table clash
  • Al Hilal presently lead Al Nassr by four points heading into Friday’s game

Cristiano Ronaldo wants the best officiating when Al Nassr travels to play against current Saudi Pro League leaders, Al Hilal on Friday, December 1 and has requested a foreign official for the game.

Al Nassr, who are currently second, are presently four points behind Al Hilal in the race for the league title this season, and the top-of-the-table clash could determine where the trophy heads at the end of the campaign.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded with the Saudi Pro League organizers to hire a foreign official for Al Nassr's game against league leaders Al Hilal. Photo by Francois Nel
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According to Sportskeeda, Ronaldo has reportedly forwarded a request to the Saudi Pro League authorities for foreign referee, Colombia’s Wilmar Roldan, to officiate their upcoming match against Al-Hilal.

Roldan is an excellent referee who was ranked eighth in the world in 2015 and has officiated at the highest levels of competitions, including the FIFA World Cups in 2014 and 2018.

If the request by Ronaldo is successful, the Colombian official will join a list of high-profile referees, including Michael Oliver, Daniele Orsato and Mateu Lahoz, all of whom have officiated as guest referees in the Saudi Pro League this season.

New Ronaldo statue causes uproar

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest statue unveiled at the Riyadh Museum has caused a reaction online as fans have slammed the newest artwork portraying the Al Nassr forward, MARCA reports.

Social media critics mocked the statue's perceived inaccuracies, focusing on the 38-year-old forward’s haircut changes and similarities to other footballers.

Ronaldo’s personal museum in Riyadh exhibit features an array of memorabilia that captures pivotal moments and accolades from the Portuguese star's distinguished career, echoing a similar exhibition in his hometown, Funchal.

Ronaldo tells referee to cancel penalty

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited remarkable sportsmanship during Al-Nassr's penultimate AFC Champions League encounter against Persepolis at Al-Awwal Park on Monday evening.

The veteran forward's Al-Nassr were on the brink of confirming their spot in the knockout phase following four consecutive wins in Asia's premier club competition.

Eager to maintain their flawless record, the Riyadh-based giants, led by the 38-year-old superstar, initiated the game on the offensive.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..