Al-Hilal Boss Jorge Jesus Ponders Al-Nassr’s Fate Without Cristiano Ronaldo in the Squad

Al-Hilal Boss Jorge Jesus Ponders Al-Nassr’s Fate Without Cristiano Ronaldo in the Squad

Byron Pillay
updated at December 10, 2023 at 5:28 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been instrumental to Al-Nassr's success since joining the side
  • Al-Hilal's Jorge Jesus questioned whether Al-Nassr could win without Ronaldo in the side
  • Al-Hilal lead the Saudi Pro League table by 7 points even without Neymar in the team

Imagine an Al-Nassr without Cristiano Ronaldo in the side.

The Portuguese superstar has been in impeccable form since arriving in the Saudi Pro League and has made his impact felt with the side.

Cristiano Ronaldo being unveiled for Al-Nassr.
Al-Hilal manager Jorge Jesus has questioned whether Al-Nassr could be successful without Cristiano Ronaldo. Image: AFP.
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But how would they fare without the former Real Madrid man in the team? That’s a question that Al-Hilal boss Jorge Jesus has also asked.

The Al-Hilal manager questioned whether the side could still compete if they didn’t have CR7 in the squad.

Why Jesus questioned Al-Nassr’s depth

Al-Hilal are currently top of the Pro League table, leading Al-Nassr by seven points.

They have had to compete for the past month without one of their star players, Neymar, but have still dominated.

The Brazilian was injured while on international duty and has had knee surgery, ESPN reported.

Jesus has wondered how many of the other Saudi sides will be able to perform at the same level without one of their international stars, Essentially Sports reported.

“I want to see what would become of Al Nassr without Ronaldo, of Al Ahli without Mahrez, of Al Ittihad without Benzema. If we had Neymar, we would be much stronger,” he said.

While Al-Hilal have been without Neymar, they have had an in-form Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the line. The former Fulham striker has scored 14 goals for the side and is chasing down Ronaldo in the league for the Golden Boot award.

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Cristiano Ronaldo museum opens in Portugal

Sports Brief earlier reported on the opening of the famous Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 Museum in Portugal.

The museum not only has some of the hardware the 38-year-old has received in his 20-year career

Other pieces of memorabilia include some of the jerseys from his journey from Sporting Lisbon to Al-Nassr.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.