Cristiano Ronaldo LEAVES the VIP box at half-time as his new side Al-Nassr win 2-0
Be somewhere, Cristiano? Ronaldo watches as his new Al-Nassr teammates claim a comfortable 2-0 victory from a VIP box…
- Cristiano Ronaldo watched as Al-Nassr defeated Al-Ta’ee 2-0 on Friday night
- The veteran Portuguese striker watched the game from a VIP box in the stands
- Ronaldo did not make his debut due to a two-game ban from his time in England
- He was forced to serve the sentence for smashing a young fan’s phone
- But the former Manchester United star left the game at half-time at Msool Park
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from a VIP box as Al-Nassr won 2-0 in their first game since signing – but left the stadium at half-time.
The Portuguese veteran, 37, joined Saudi Arabia on a free transfer in late December after his Manchester United contract was ripped up following a sizzling interview with Piers Morgan.
And Ronaldo, unable to make his debut on Friday as Al-Nassr passed Al-Ta’ee, watched for 45 minutes as his new team-mates at King Saud University Stadium secured all three points to move four points clear the top of the table in the Saudi Pro League.
Cristiano Ronaldo (left) watched from a VIP box as his new side Al-Nassr beat Al-Ta’ee 2-0
The 37-year-old Portuguese striker, who joined Saudi Arabia in a mega deal in December, watched as his team-mates clinched all three points – but surprisingly left at half-time
Video from Al-Nassr’s Twitter account showed Talisca scoring her second goal at Msool Park
The social media video from Al-Nassr’s English-language Twitter account showed the second goal they scored, with former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina playing a long kick at Brazilian striker Talisca, who sealed the win with aplomb.
Ronaldo was unable to make his much-anticipated Riyadh debut after being forced to honor a two-game FA suspension for smashing a young Everton fan’s phone at United.
Instead, the striker watched from a luxury box with friend Ricky Regufe. He had arrived at Msool Park with his team-mates in tracksuits and negotiated the ankle-deep puddles to enter the stadium 90 minutes before kick-off.
What could have been his possible debut on Thursday was postponed when torrential rain hit Riyadh
The torrential rain caused electrical problems at the Al-Nassr compound, forcing the postponement
His image, which shows him in his new club jersey and with both fists raised showing his biceps, was placed next to a giant screen and opposite the Executive Box for all to see.
But after calling Saudi Arabia “South Africa” in his arrival press conference, the Portuguese committed a second faux pas on Friday night.
As the national anthem of his adopted country plays and the teams line up, the suspended striker talks to a man in the VIP box. He then sat down while the anthem played and was quickly nudged to regain his feet.
Heavy rain continued on Friday but groundsmen worked with squeegees and pitchforks to try to clear the water and make the surface playable
Despite the torrential rain, Al-Nassr’s clash with Al Ta’ee took place at Msool Park on Friday
He then stood alongside other dignitaries for the final seconds as the anthem was played. The pitch swamped in the pouring rain and the superstar striker would not have been happy in hot conditions as tackles flew and the ball repeatedly got stuck in the mud.
Despite claims that the 28,000-seat stadium sold out, Msool Park was half-empty with many empty yellow seats.
A source at the club said this may have been due to the news that Ronaldo has been suspended, as first reported by sports mailIt had reached the fans as well as driving rain and cold temperatures.
Ronaldo was joined in the box by his personal manager Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Regufe (right), who negotiated the £175million-a-year deal that brought the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to Al-Nassr
The spectators chanted the name of their new hero as his image appeared on the stadium screens and he waved to them from behind a glass screen.
He was joined in the stands by his personal manager Ricardo Regufe, who had reportedly negotiated his transfer to Al-Nassr.
According to Portuguese news outlet Publico, Regufe has replaced Ronaldo’s longtime agent Jorge Mendes as the former striker’s most trusted confidant.
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