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Cristiano Ronaldo debut vs PSG: CR7 scores two objectives in

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s first match in Saudi Arabia after his big-money transfer to Al Nassr did not disappoint.

Taking part in towards French giants PSG and long-time rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo featured closely for an All-Stars crew consisting of gamers from each Al Nassr and Al Hilal. 

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Regardless of not taking part in since Portugal’s World Cup exit late final yr, the 37-year-old confirmed little rust in an exhibition match that lived as much as the hype. 

Whereas his makeshift crew fell brief in a whirlwind 5-4 defeat, Ronaldo did his bit to provide his aspect a preventing likelihood and confirmed why his stint in Saudi Arabia might be nicely price maintaining a tally of. 

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Ronaldo’s debut efficiency and highlights

After seeing Messi open the scoring for PSG inside three minutes, Ronaldo was the person that bought the All-Stars entering into Riyadh. 

The Portuguese ahead leaped excessive for a cross after half an hour and was collected by PSG goalkeeper and former teammate Keylor Navas within the course of. A penalty was rightly awarded with Ronaldo shaking off his shiner to tuck residence the penalty in usually medical style and unleash his trademark ‘Siu’ celebration for the primary time in Saudi Arabia.

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A energetic presence within the closing third all through the match courtesy of his nonetheless blistering velocity and trickery on the ball, Ronaldo continued to ask questions of PSG’s defence and bagged a second aim simply earlier than halftime. 

After his robust header struck the far publish and Sergio Ramos did not clear the hazard, it was the previous Manchester United attacker that reacted quickest to ruthlessly fireplace the ball residence.

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Lastly, Ronaldo confirmed off a silky little bit of ability to nutmeg Carlos Soler and depart the Spaniard scratching his head.

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Ronaldo would not be given sufficient time to finish a hat-trick, substituted within the 61st minute, however he did have sufficient time to point out off the bump he bought from the aerial problem with Navas to PSG star Kylian Mbappe. The 2 superstars have struck up considerably of a friendship with Mbappe beforehand admitting Ronaldo was his idol rising up. 

There was additionally a becoming embrace simply earlier than kickoff as Ronaldo and Messi shared a fast hug in what might have been their final time taking part in towards one another. 

Ronaldo’s first look in Saudi Arabia ended with him accumulating an inevitable Man of the Match award. Whereas not the one participant to impress within the recreation, it was a promising all-round efficiency from the 37-year-old trying to justify his record-breaking new contract. 

Ronaldo’s debut stats

  • 2 objectives
  • 61 minutes performed
  • 1 penalty received
  • 1 “SIU” celebration
  • 1 Messi hug
  • 1 MOTM award

MORE: How a lot is Ronaldo being paid in Saudi Arabia?

What’s subsequent for Ronaldo?

Although he is made his debut in Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo’s subsequent match will see him lastly play his first recreation for brand spanking new membership Al Nassr. 

After lacking two video games by means of suspension, the Portugal star is predicted to begin when Rudi Garcia’s aspect host Ettifaq within the Saudi Professional League on Sunday. 

A latest 0-0 draw with Al Shabab has seen Al Nassr drop to second within the league, however solely by a degree and with a recreation in hand over present leaders Al Ittihad. 

Ettifaq are presently tenth within the Saudi Professional League, successful simply 4 of their first 13 video games this season, so Ronaldo could possibly be poised for a fairytale begin with Al Nassr. 

After making his league debut, Ronaldo will then have simply 4 days to recuperate earlier than Al Nassr tackle Al Ittihad in a blockbuster Saudi Tremendous Cup semi-final. 

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