Ronaldo, new snub?


By: Manu Tournoux

Only second in the Saudi Pro League, Al-Nassr is in difficulty in the Asian Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates must overthrow the Emiratis of Al-Ain in the quarter-final second leg, this Tuesday evening (8 p.m.).

If he stacks up the goals again and again in the Al-Nassr jersey, at 39 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo has not yet offered a major title to his Saudi team, apart from the Arab Cup of Champion Clubs, a pre-season competition. Al-Nassr was beaten by Al-Ittihad last year in the Saudi Pro League and is the runner-up this season to the unstoppable Al-Hilal.

“A comeback, Insha’Allah”, thus launched the five-time Ballon d’Or on the eve of facing Al-Ain. Al-Nassr lost 1-0 in the United Arab Emirates last week in the quarter-final first leg of the Asian Champions League, before facing the same team led by Hernan Crespo this Tuesday evening (8 p.m.) in Riyadh. .

Al-Nassr against unknown people

To be eliminated at this stage of the competition would be a real poor performance for the Al-Nassr of Aymeric Laporte, Marcelo Brozovic and Sadio Mané, especially since Al-Aïn has a squad of Emirati players and unknown foreigners. Togolese Kodjo Laba and Moroccan Soufiane Rahimi are the club’s top scorers this season and a Paraguayan nicknamed Kaku is the team’s number 10.

In the event of qualification this Tuesday evening, Al-Nassr will probably challenge Al-Hilal, who beat Al-Ittihad of Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kanté 2-0 in the first leg. This will then be the last clash between teams from the West, since the winner of this semi-final will then face the survivor from the Eastern side (Jeonbuk, Ulsan, Shandong or Yokohama) in the final.

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