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Days After Cristiano Ronaldo Risked Injury, Al Nassr Rest 3 Superstars as They Face Ohod in King Cup of Champions

Published 09/25/2023, 1:14 AM EDT

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Will Cristiano Ronaldo finally get some rest? Ronaldo and Al Nassr are currently on a five-match unbeaten streak. The Riyadh outfit will now travel to Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium in Jeddah to face Ohod for the Round of 32 of the King Cup of Champions. With a laundry list of fixtures looming, a fatigued Ronaldo has injury concerns on his mind. But he also has some good news.

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Luis Castro is said to be ready to rest three players ahead of the upcoming tie against the second-tier Saudi club. And so, it would be a much-needed break for players following apprehensions about match fitness and squad rotation from both the coach and the fanbase. Thus, Ronaldo will get some much-needed rest.

Fatigued Cristiano Ronaldo gets a day off along with two other players


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Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently the league’s top scorer with 9 goals, looks fatigued, with age catching up with the 38-year-old megastar. There are added concerns regarding the turf, with the ground conditions of Saudi clubs in question. Most pitches are not in a suitable condition and may pose a threat of injury to players. This comes after Al Nassr’s AFC tie against Persepolis, where the pitch was visibly in a drab condition. 

After the game in Tehran, the 5x Ballon d’Or winner was seen recovering on the team’s private jet for lack of other options. Amidst such concerns, Luis Castro is ready to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for the next match against Ohod. Along with him, Marcelo Brozovic, the dynamic midfielder, and Sultan Al Ghannam will not be seen tomorrow. 


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Al Nassr is, nevertheless, the favorite to win and advance to the next round. They have Sadio Mane and Talisca in their ranks, who will be looking to step up in the absence of the team’s three vital cogs.

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There were similar concerns about soccer turfs in the MLS, where Lionel Messi faced the same issue. The Inter Miami forward didn’t risk his body to play a game at Atlanta United.

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With the games coming in thick and fast, some rest would be crucial for Ronaldo to keep him fresh for the rest of the season. Al Nassr is currently on a winning run, and hopefully, they can keep the momentum going. Both Ronaldo and his new club are accustomed to the sweet taste of silverware. 

With 28 trophies, Al Nassr is on the rise

When Ronaldo joined Al Nassr, little did anyone know that the club was one of the most successful ones in Saudi Arabia. They have won 28 trophies, and Ronaldo, unsurprisingly, joined a club used to winning multiple silverware.


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They have won the league nine times and six King’s Cups, the tournament they will play next against Ohod. 

The club won the Arab Champions Cup in 2023 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, and the team is set for another year of success. With world-class players arriving at the Saudi Pro League, the quality has expanded with multiple teams boasting top talents.


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So, can Al Nassr win the King’s Cup for the seventh time? Only time will tell.

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Jacob Gijy


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