Subject to ‘Harassment’ in Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo Praises Al Nassr & Saudi Fans for Their Treatment

Published 12/11/2023, 12:02 PM EST

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Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be fitting right in in Saudi Arabia. The Portuguese striker’s last year was fraught with criticism, as his performance was called into question, but his move to Al Nassr has brought about a change of pace. And in a recent show of appreciation, Ronaldo took the time to thank his Saudi fans for the respectful treatment he has received from them.

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Ronaldo’s journey with Al Nassr has been nothing short of commendable. Now, in just a few hours the 38-year-old’s pursuit for another trophy begins. Al Nassr is set to face off against Al Shabab in the King Cup of Champions quarter-finals. However, before the big match, the soccer icon expressed his gratitude towards his fans in Saudi Arabia.

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Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr has been a breath of fresh air both for him and his fans. Talking about his Saudi experience the 5x Ballon d’Or winner recently stated, “People here in Saudi Arabia are very nice and did not harass or bother me.” 

He then detailed the stark contrast between his reception in Saudi Arabia which is “unlike other countries and places where many people cross their limits,” added Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7 looks relieved to have found a place away from the incessant scrutiny that overshadowed his final months at Manchester United.

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The warm reception he has received from Al Nassr fans has allowed him to regain his goal-scoring form. So far he has scored an impressive 49 goals and is among the top goalscorers of 2023. However, after a recent update on Manchester City star Erling Haaland, there is a possibility that Ronaldo can take the top spot on this list after 8 years.

Ronaldo can overtake Erling Haaland to become the top goalscorer of 2023

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While Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 49 goals this year, Erling Haaland is ahead of him with 50 goals. However recent rumors suggest that the Norwegian striker can miss at least two games. This news comes after he missed a game against Luton Town as a result of stress on his ankle bone. It seems that the effects of his previous injury sustained during an International break in November are still lingering.

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If Haaland is sidelined due to injury, this could present an opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to become the highest goalscorer of 2023. This is a feat, he previously achieved back in 2015 while playing for Real Madrid, where he netted an astounding 57 goals in a single year.

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My name is Saransh Chauhan and I am an experienced soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With over a year of experience at EssentiallySports, I have covered various aspects of the magnificent sport. While I strive to provide comprehensive coverage of core sports topics, I also explore off-court and entertainment subjects.
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