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“We Are in a Muslim Country” – Controversy Erupts After Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr Win As Rival Star Calls for Review in Game Timings

Published 09/29/2023, 2:23 PM EDT

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With Cristiano Ronaldo leading Al Nassr, the team showcased their exceptional skills as they managed to defeat Al Ta’ee in an intense away game. They finished with a score of 2-1. However, amidst the celebration and praise for Al Nassr’s victory, a rival team’s star, Abdulaziz Al-Harabi, raised an issue concerning the timing of the matches.

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He suggested the timings of the game should be changed because Saudi Arabia is a country predominantly consisting of Muslims. As SPL matches take around 6 pm in Saudi, they may clash with Maghrib.

After Ronaldo led Al Nassr to victory, Al-Harabi called for a change: “No point in playing”


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Al-Harabi expressed his concern that the game timings clash with the call to prayer from the mosque for Muslims. He further suggested that the timing should be changed for this reason. A tweet shared his thoughts, “We are in a Muslim country, so there is no point in playing while the muezzin is calling. And I hope the Competitions Committee will review the match times.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Al-Harabi’s comments have ignited a discussion surrounding the clash between the game timings and religious practices. It will be interesting to see if any decision comes following this call from Al-Harabi.


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Now, Al Nassr’s significant victory has propelled them toward the top. Cristiano Ronaldo displayed his prowess on the field, contributing with an assist and sealing the win for his team with a penalty. In fact, he came close to doubling his assists before halftime with a spectacular bicycle kick pass to Talisca, which unfortunately was deemed offside.


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Additionally, Ronaldo deserves recognition for his remarkable performance, despite the loss of a family member a few days ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Family suffered a loss

Just a few days before the clash against Al Ta’ee, Cristiano Ronaldo’s family received tragic news. They suffered the heartbreaking loss of a beloved family member, Ronaldo’s aunt. She was affectionately known as Gorete and was his mother, Dolores Aveiro’s sister.


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In the face of this loss, Ronaldo’s mother and sisters, Elma Aveiro and Katia Aveiro, expressed their grief on social media platforms. Despite the sorrowful news, Ronaldo showed professionalism and remained focused on the match. What do you think about Ronaldo’s performance?

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Written by:

Saransh Chauhan


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Saransh Chauhan is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With a particular admiration for Lionel Messi, Saransh is committed to exploring every facet of the world's most popular sport in his work. At EssentiallySports, Saransh is known for his versatility as a writer, covering a wide range of topics with an open-minded curiosity that allows him to excel in all areas of the industry.
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Arijit Saha