Hours Before Cristiano Ronaldo Prepares For Portugal Clash, Al Nassr Boss Allows Players to Ditch Training and Watch Saudi Arabia’s Action

Published 10/13/2023, 2:00 PM EDT

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Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Al Nassr teammates are in for a treat tonight. Ronaldo, who signed for Al Nassr in a $500 million deal in January 2023, has seen the club cash in on his global popularity reaping rich dividends for the Saudi club. As per recent reports in the Saudi media, Al Nassr boss Luis Castro has made a great gesture to his squad, and also to Ronaldo.

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Portgual play Slovakia later tonight in their Group J clash in the Euro 2024 qualifiers and Ronaldo has flown to be part of the Portuguese national team setup. But now, as the media in Saudi Arabia reports, his Al Nassr teammates are in for a short break from their rigorous training. They will watch the Saudi national team play Nigeria and also their captain’s upcoming Euro 2024 qualifier.

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As per recent reports in the Saudi press, Al Nassr gaffer Luis Castro has allowed his squad to skip their training regime to watch Saudi Arabia take on Nigeria while their teammate Ronaldo captains Portugal against Slovakia.

As per this tweet on X, the report in the Saudi media states: Castro offers the team’s training time to give the players the opportunity to watch the national team’s match today.”

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Meanwhile, Al Nassr’s commercial fortunes have continued to improve and hit new heights since their marquee signing Ronaldo moved to the club in early 2023. This has been further highlighted by the Portuguese captain’s jersey sales which hit a new record.

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Ronaldo’s jersey sales at Al Nassr skyrocket as he looks to lead Portugal to qualification

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As per recent reports, Al Nassr sold out 10,000 jerseys with Ronaldo’s name printed on the back of them in a record 2 hours. This has seen the club earn over $1.4 million in the short span of just a couple of hours. Furthermore, this is stark evidence of the Portuguese icon’s brand value and global popularity.

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Meanwhile, Ronaldo will captain Portugal against Slovakia later tonight, and a win will effectively guarantee the Portuguese national team’s qualification for Euro 2024 which is set to be held in Germany next year. Roberto Martinez’s Portugal side currently has a 100% win record sitting at the top of Group J with 6 wins in 6.

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With his Al Nassr teammates also watching on, the enigmatic Ronaldo will also look to increase his goal tally for Portugal which currently stands at 123 goals, as they stand on the brink of qualification.

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Gaurav is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports and is a seasoned sports journalist. Before joining the Essentially Sports team, he made significant contributions to platforms such as Caught Offside (UK) and Sportskeeda (IN). His experience in soccer journalism allows him to delve deeply into the nuances of the sport, uncovering the stories that make soccer more than just a game—a culture, a passion, a way of life.
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