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Can Ronaldo raise the profile of the Saudi Arabian game?

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best football players ever to grace the game, and he has won just above every major trophy there is to win in football (apart from the FIFA World Cup).

The question being asked here is, can Ronaldo raise the profile of the Saudi Arabian game now that he has joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr?

Which team does Cristiano Ronaldo play for?

Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays for Saudi Arabian Pro League side Al-Nassr. An agreement for the Portuguese international was reached on December 30th, 2022, and he was officially unveiled on January 1st, 2023. His move to Al-Nassr is officially recognised as the highest-ever football salary in the history of the sport, and it’s reported to be worth somewhere in the region of €200 million per year.

What has Ronaldo won throughout his career?

Ronaldo has racked up an impressive list of achievements throughout his glittering career. He has won just above every major trophy there is to win in football, but the only award that has eluded him is the coveted FIFA World Cup. His most notable achievements with club and country include the following:

  • Manchester United – Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup, FA Community Shield, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup
  • Real Madrid – La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  • Juventus – Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana
  • Portugal – Toulon Tournament 2003 (Portugal U20), UEFA European Championship, UEFA Nations League

On a personal level, Ronaldo has also been the recipient of the following highly coveted honours:

  • FIFA Ballon d’Or/Ballon d’Or
  • FIFA World Player of the Year
  • European Golden Shoe
  • The Best FIFA Special Award for Outstanding Career Achievement: 2021
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2016
  • The Best FIFA Men’s Player
  • Premier League Player of the Season
  • UEFA European Championship Golden Boot

He has also won several other personal awards, and in many instances, he has won them on multiple occasions – a truly astonishing feat. If you’re looking for football online betting in Africa, where you can place a bet on Ronaldo or Al-Nassr, one of the best sites you can turn to is 10bet Africa.

Can Ronaldo raise the profile of football in Saudi Arabia?

Wherever Cristiano Ronaldo plays, his presence alone is often enough to raise the profile of that league. In other words, just by playing in the Saudi Professional League (the top tier of men’s professional football in Saudi Arabia), he will help raise the profile by increasing ticket sales, t-shirt sales, and so much more.

Not only will more home fans of Al-Nassr start attending matches to watch Ronaldo in action, but even the away fans’ ticket sales will no doubt increase as they will also want to watch Ronaldo play. This also means that more people around the world who follow Ronaldo will also tune in to watch Saudi Pro League games that they might never have watched.

In short, it will be a good thing for the Saudi Pro League that Ronaldo has joined.

Five facts about Ronaldo that you might not have known

  • Ronaldo’s full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
  • Ronaldo once won the Puskas award (best goal of the year) for his goal against FC Porto in the Champions League in 2009 while playing for Manchester United
  • He has scored a whopping 819 goals (accurate at the time of writing) for both club and country throughout his career, which has so far lasted two decades
  • Often ranked as the highest-paid sports star in the world
  • There is a museum dedicated to the life of Cristiano Ronaldo in Funchal, Portugal

Where are Al-Nassr currently in the league?

Al-Nassr are currently sitting at the top of the Saudi Pro League. They have 29 points after 12 games played. They have won 9, drawn 2, lost 1, and they have scored 27 and let in just 6 goals. They are currently ahead of Al-Shabab in second place with 25 points, Al-Hilal in third place with 25 points and Al-Ittihad Club in fourth place with  24 points.

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