Why Cristiano Ronaldo’s Saudi Dream Is Hanging by a Thread

Why Cristiano Ronaldo’s Saudi Dream Is Hanging by a Thread

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 3, 2023 at 4:46 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s quest to conquer Saudi Arabia faces a tough test
  • The Portugal star and Al Nassr look set to miss out on the Saudi Pro League
  • Al Nassr are seven points adrift of Al Hilal in the race for the league title

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mission to conquer Saudi Arabia is proving too difficult for the 38-year-old forward to achieve after suffering a humiliating defeat to Al Hilal.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is a known winner in every league he has played in, as his track record speaks volumes of his achievements in England, Spain and Italy where he won league titles.

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Critsiano Ronaldo could miss winning the Saudi Pro League for the second consecutive season as Al Nassr trail leaders Al Hilal with seven points following Friday's defeat. Photo by MB Media
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According to GOAL, Al-Hilal's 3-0 win over Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr on Friday, December 1st, means there is now a seven-point gap at the top of the Saudi Pro League table.

This points to the fact that the former Real Madrid and Manchester United superstar could again lose out on the league title in Saudi Arabia, going by the form of table toppers Al Hilal.

Ronaldo missed out on the trophy last season as Al Nassr finished behind Al Ittihad, and it is looking like déjà vu again as the Saudi Pro League seems to be ending in another direction, away from the hands of the Portugal superstar.

Ronaldo taunted with Messi chants

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo was taunted by Al Hilal fans chanting Lionel Messi's name after Al Nassr's embarrassing 3-0 defeat against the Saudi Pro League table toppers, Sport Bible reports.

In response to the jeers, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner blew kisses towards the crowd, smiling as he went down the tunnel at full-time.

Goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and a brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic secured the victory for Al Hilal as they raced into a seven-point lead at the top of the league.

Ali Albulayhi trolls Cristiano Ronaldo

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that what’s better than beating your rival? Rubbing their face in it afterwards, of course. That’s precisely what Al-Hilal’s Ali Albulayhi did after his side beat Al-Nassr in the Riyadh derby.

The defender was spotted squaring up to Cristiano Ronaldo during the match, getting in the face of the Portuguese superstar.

With Al-Hilal picking up a big win, Albulayhi continued to taunt the Al-Nassr captain after the game. The defender was spotted walking around the field, pretending to look for the former Manchester United star.

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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..