Cristiano Ronaldo, who made his debut in the official game, had no goals, but received a good evaluation.
Al Nasr won 1-0 against Al Itifak in the 2022-23 season Saudi Professional League held at Mrsul Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at 2:30 am (Korean time) on the 23rd. Al-Nasr, who added 3 points, consolidated their position at the top of the league.
Ronaldo went into the game wearing the captain’s armband. Ronaldo made his debut in an event match against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), but it was his first official match. Ronaldo, who left Manchester United in disgrace, was expected to remain in Europe, but chose to go to the Middle East with Al Nasr. Al-Nasr is known to pay a whopping £173 million (about 262 billion won) in Ronaldo’s annual salary.
Although in the Middle East League, interest was high to see Ronaldo make his official debut. At the same time, there were matches of big clubs in Europe, such as Arsenal and Manchester United, but Ronaldo’s debut seemed to be getting more attention. Global media ‘ESPN’ said, “Al-Nasr unveiled Ronaldo, who received the most expensive money in history. Interest was hot even before the game. Ronaldo’s influence was evident. Ronaldo’s uniform sold like hot cakes and tickets were sold out early.” told 스포츠토토
Disregarding the hot interest, Ronaldo did not live up to expectations. While touching the ball 41 times, the pass success rate was 88.9%, and only one effective shot was recorded. He had five ground contests, only one success, and no aerial contest success. Only the ball was stolen 8 times and there were no goals. The match ended in a 1-0 victory for Al Nasr, who defended Anderson Talisca’s goal in the 31st minute of the first half.
Soccer statistics media ‘Sofa Score’ gave Ronaldo an average score of 6.9. Among the selection resources, it was the third lowest. ‘ESPN’ said, “Ronaldo didn’t score a goal, but he was cheered every time he touched it. He showed his skills in a place where the pressure intensity was much lower than in the European league. Every time Ronaldo moved, applause continued. Ronaldo struggled in Manchester United and the Portuguese national team. showed his skills in the Saudi Arabia league,” he said, giving a satisfactory evaluation.
In an interview after the match, Al Nasr coach Rudy Garcia said, “Everyone knows Ronaldo. He is the best player in the history of football. I was happy to see him playing for Le,” he said.