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Riyadh (AFP) – The Saudi victory, which signed Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, is called “Al-Alamy”, being the first club to represent Asia in the Club World Cup in 2000, and he is now looking forward to more titles, especially at continental level, after the resounding agreement.
Al-Nasr, who won the Saudi league 9 times, the last of which was in 2019, announced its contract with the five-time Ballon d’Or player in a historic deal estimated at more than 200 million euros.
And Al-Nasr reflected on the moment he announced the signing of Ronaldo: “This deal is more than just writing a new historical chapter” for the club.
The “Madeira Rocket” arrived in Riyadh on Monday night to be presented to his ecstatic fans with the legendary autograph by the capital team on Tuesday night.
Al-Nasr was founded in Riyadh in 1955 as an amateur football club before being officially registered in 1960 and began winning local titles with its yellow and blue reserve shirts.
Since then the club has won the league 9 times, the Kings Cup 6 times, the Crown Prince Cup and the Federation Cup 3 times each.
Victory had a golden era during the 1990s.
At Asian level, he won the Asian Cup Winners’ Cup and the Asian Super Cup in 1998, a title that qualified him to compete in the Club World Cup in Brazil 2000.
He also won two titles in the Arab Gulf Cup in 1996 and 1997.
However, the club has been absent from the podiums since 2019.
The club is continuously led by a number of senior princes who spend lavishly on bolstering its ranks with high-profile deals, and it has been led by Mossali Al Muammar since April 2021.
Among the most prominent historical stars of victory is Majed Abdullah, the historic scorer for the Saudi national team with 72 goals and winner of the Asian Cup for national teams twice, in 1984 and 1988.
His current squad, overseen by French coach Rudi Garcia, includes Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, Cameroon striker Vincent Abubakar and Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
It plays at the “Marsool Park” stadium, which was opened in 2015 and can accommodate more than 25,000 fans in the center of the capital, Riyadh.
In addition to being a football stadium, Marsol Park is a destination for organizing large musical celebrations and a wrestling arena, as it hosted a WWE professional wrestling match last November.
– Dream of continental coronation –
And Al-Nasr is one of the top Saudi clubs, and it plays the fierce “Riyadh Derby” against its rivals, Al-Hilal, who are crowned with 18 league titles and four titles in the AFC Champions League. It is the high title that does not have global coffers.
From the moment the signing of CR7 was announced, Al-Nasr fans were especially looking forward to winning the AFC Champions League and participating in the FIFA Club World Cup again.
His best result in the AFC Champions League is his runner-up finish in 1995, behind South Korean Songnam Ilhwa Chunma, 0-1 after extra time.
Al-Nasr currently offers technical levels as they lead the Saudi league with 26 points after playing 11 matches, in which they have recorded one loss and two draws, compared to 8 wins.
And Ronaldo, 37, is not the first Ballon d’Or winner to play for victory. Bulgarian striker Hristo Stoichkov, winner of the award in 1994, defended the club’s shirt in two matches in 1998, scoring the club’s winning goal. Asian Cup Winners Cup.
Brazilian Denilson, the former world’s most expensive player and 2002 World Cup winner, also played for him for two months during the 2006-2007 season.
Al-Nasr fans hope that the contract with Ronaldo will lead to more championships and play at the highest international levels.
However, Al-Nasr president Al-Muammar tweeted on Friday that “our contract with Ronaldo is not aimed at winning a match or a championship, but rather goes beyond that: the transfer of great experiences, high professionalism and inspiration to a generation that is passionate about sports.”
The Ronaldo deal adds a lot of glamor to Saudi Arabia’s sporting reputation at the international level, especially with its hosting during the past few years of one of the Formula One World Championships, the Dakar Rally and golf tournaments that have included elite players.
Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal welcomed the start of “one of the world’s best players in his new career in Saudi Arabia” on Friday.
“We will soon support the rest of our clubs for qualitative agreements with international stars,” he emphasized.
It also opens up Al-Nasr’s appetite for more contracts, amid reports of Al-Alamy’s intention to close more big deals.
A club official, who preferred not to be identified, explained that the club is seeking to form a “new Galacticos” with the names of Croatian playmaker Luka Modric and French midfielder N’Golo Kante.
“We will celebrate Ronaldo tomorrow and continue to work … towards high-level signings,” he said.
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