Cristiano Ronaldo given clear response by ousted Al-Nassr ca

2023-01-24 04:11  คลิก:    

Cristiano Ronaldo finally made his debut for Al-Nassr following his stunning move to the Saudi Arabian giants and the ex-Manchester United star was instantly made captain

Cristiano Ronaldohas been shown there are no hard feelings afterhe was immediately made Al-Nassr captain.

The 37-year-old made his long-awaited debut for his new team, some three weeks after his eye-watering contract was agreed. He had hoped to start immediately, but was forced to sit on the sidelines following a two-match ban imposed by the English FA.

But with that suspension served, Ronaldo was handed his first start when Al-Nassr took Ettifaq in Riyadh. And not only was the formerManchester Unitedstar put into the starting line-up, he was instantly made skipper.

The decision to name him captain was an interesting one, after months of debate surrounding that possibility occurring at Old Trafford. During his time back in thePremier League, there were various reports of dressing room splits, with many believing the Portuguese icon should be given the role ofHarry Maguire.

Cristiano Ronaldo Jr training two years above his age at elite sporting talent academy

Cristiano Ronaldo shown up by new team-mate despite getting win on Al-Nassr debut

Ronaldo was given the armband on occasions, butOle Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick and then Erik ten Hag all neglected to make the switch a permanent one. Rudi Garcia clearly didnt share that hesitancy and allowed his new superstar to lead the team out at the Mrsool Park Stadium.

Garcias decision was a potentially risky one in changing the captain midway through a title challenge. Al-Nassr were already firmly in contention at the top of the table before Ronaldos arrival, hoping for a first league triumph since 2019.

Abudullah Madu was the man to lose out on the captaincy despite being at the club for more than a decade. The Saudi Arabian international has been with Al-Nassr since 2012, lifting the Pro League title on three occasions.

He remained in the line-up for the game with Ettifaq and helped his side to a clean sheet during the narrow 1-0 victory. And if there was any resentment to losing his previous job, he hid it well.

Madu was one of the first players to respond to RonaldosInstagrampost following the win, which read: First game, first win - well done guys. Thanks to all the fans for incredible support, with the Saudi defender putting blue and yellow heart emojis - the colours of Al-Nassr - in the replies.

Ronaldo had another team-mate to thank for helping him get a debut victory with Anderson Talisca scoring the only goal. The Brazilian was the star of the show and proved it wouldnt all be about their new global superstar.

In fact, Ronaldos new manager admitted that Ronaldo and his team would need to adapt to having both forwards in the lineup: Its very important for the players to play normally and not always try to give the ball to Cristiano. I told them they need to make the right choices on the pitch, Garcia said.

Obviously when Cristiano or Talisca are alone and asking for the ball we need to give them the ball. These two players are able to make the difference.

Tonight, I think that sometimes we had good positions to cross but not enough people in the box and sometimes no Ronaldo and no Talisca. We need to work on that, to have one of them in the box and maybe the other playing outside the box.

Can United mount a title challenge? Get our FREE daily Manchester United email newsletter

Something went wrong, please try again later.

We use your sign-up to provide content in the ways youve consented to and improve our understanding of you. This means that we may include adverts from us and third parties based on our knowledge of you. We also may change the frequency you receive our emails from us in order to keep you up to date and give you the best relevant information possible. As always you can unsubscribe at any time.

You can find this story inMy Bookmarks.

Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

Keep up to date with all the latest news

We use your sign-up to provide content in the ways youve consented to and improve our understanding of you. This means that we may include adverts from us and third parties based on our knowledge of you. We also may change the frequency you receive our emails from us in order to keep you up to date and give you the best relevant information possible. As always you can unsubscribe at any time.More Info.

Subscribe to Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror newspapers

Copyright © 2002-2022 Thb999 All Rights Reserved