In a thrilling encounter in Riyadh in the Saudi Pro League on Friday, Al Nassr secured a dramatic 4-3 lead over Al Ahli, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo jr’s two goals. Ronaldo scored for Al Nassr in both halves, making his presence felt in a match that witnessed several comeback attempts by their star-studded opponents.
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Portugal’s great forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, made an early impact just four minutes into the game with a clinical left-footed shot, after being set up by former Liverpool forward Sadio Mané. He then secured his brace in the 52nd minute with a precise finish from a sharp angle after a clean turn. Meanwhile, Brazilian forward Anderson Talisca scored two goals for Al Ahli in the first half, one from the penalty spot and the other with a splendid strike from beneath the crossbar.
Throughout the game, Al Ahli, the home team, managed to find the net only once, thanks to former Barcelona midfielder Frank Kessie’s first-half goal. Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez converted a penalty in the second half for Al Ahli. Just before that, Ferass Al-Breqan netted in the 87th minute, ensuring a nervy finish with the score at 4-3.
After losing their first two games of the season, Al Nassr has now recorded five consecutive wins in the league. This latest victory places them level on points with Al Ahli and secures them fifth place in the Saudi Pro League standings.
Both Al Nassr and Al Ahli are among the four clubs taken over by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia in high-profile acquisitions before the summer, which saw several European star names transferring to the Saudi Pro League.
All about Cristiano ronaldo jr
Cristiano Ronaldo jr dos Santos Aveiro GOIH, pronounced [kɾiʃˈtjɐnu ʁɔˈnaldu], is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward and captain for Saudi Pro League club Al Nassr and the Portugal national team. Cristiano Ronaldo jr, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, has earned five Ballon d’Or awards, three UEFA Best Player in Europe Awards, and four European Golden Shoes, the most by any European player.
33 trophies have been won by him over his career, including a UEFA Nations League, a UEFA European Championship, five UEFA Champions League wins, and seven league championships.
Cristiano Ronaldo jr’s name is synonymous with records in the Champions League (183 appearances, 140 goals, and 42 assists), the European Championship (14 goals), international goals (123), and international appearances (201).
His professional career has lasted over 1,100 games, making him one of a very small number of players. With more over 800 recognized senior career goals for club and nation, he holds the record for most goals scored.
Starting his senior career with Sporting CP, cristiano Ronaldo jr won the Portuguese FA Cup in 2003 before signing with Manchester United. In his debut season, he claimed his first Premier League title.
He went on to win three consecutive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League, and a FIFA Club World Cup by the age of 23, earning his first Ballon d’Or. Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid in 2009 for €94 million (£80 million) marked the world’s most expensive association football transfer at the time.
He became an important player, joining forces with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to form an attacking trio that contributed to four Champions League titles between 2014 and 2018, including La Decima.
During this period, he won consecutive Ballon d’Or awards in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017, and finished as the top scorer in competitions for six straight seasons between 2012 and 2018.
With Real Madrid, cristiano Ronaldo jr won three FIFA Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two Copa del Rey titles, four Champions League titles, and two La Liga titles.
In 2018, he made a high-profile move to Juventus for an initial €100 million (£88 million), becoming the most expensive transfer for an over-30 player in history. He won two Serie A titles, two Supercoppa Italiana trophies, and a Coppa Italia during his time with the club.
cristiano Ronaldo jr concluded his sole full season at Juventus as the club’s top scorer before returning to Manchester United in 2021.
Cristiano Ronaldo jr dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5, 1985, in Funchal, the capital of Madeira, Portugal, and was raised in the Santo António neighborhood near Funchal. He is the fourth and youngest child of Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro. His mother was a cook, and his father, José Dinis Aveiro, was a municipal kit man. His paternal great-grandmother, Isabel da Piedade, hailed from the São Vicente island of Cape Verde.
Cristiano Ronaldo jr has one older brother, Hugo, and two older sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia “Katia.” His name was given in honor of actor and U.S. President Ronald Reagan, whom his father was a big fan of. His mother disclosed that she considered having an abortion due to poverty, her husband’s alcoholism, and the family’s already numerous children, but their doctor denied the procedure, as it was illegal in Portugal at the time.
As a child, Ronaldo played for Andorinha from 1992 to 1995, where his father worked as a kit man, and later spent two years with Nacional. In 1997, at the age of 12, he went for a three-day trial with Sporting CP, which cost them £1,500 in registration fees. Ronaldo later moved from Madeira to Lisbon to join Sporting’s youth academy.
By the age of 14, Ronaldo believed he had the potential to play semi-professionally and agreed with his mother that he should cease his education and focus entirely on football. As a student, he was expelled after throwing a chair at his teacher who Ronaldo claimed had disrespected him.
He was given a diagnosis of racing heart a year later, a disease that might have made him have to stop playing football.
Style of Play
A versatile attacker, Ronaldo is capable of playing through the center of the pitch alongside any winger, and he primarily uses his right foot, but he’s strong with both feet. Throughout his career, Ronaldo has evolved in various roles. While at Sporting and during his first season at Manchester United, he was usually deployed on the right flank as a traditional winger, often attempting crosses into the penalty area.
Cristiano Ronaldo jr became famous for his dribbling and flair, often showcasing moves like step-overs and the renowned “chops,” which became his trademarks. He’s also known for employing the flip-flap skill move.
He poses a threat in aerial duels due to his size of 1.87 meters (6 feet 1 12 inches), strength, and jumping skills.
These attributes allow him to excel as a target man and pose a danger in the penalty area; consequently, many of his goals have been headers.
With increased stamina and work rate, Ronaldo’s goal-scoring ability improved significantly when he played on the left wing, where he had the freedom to move inside to finish attacks.
He also contributed creatively to his squad, frequently dropping deep, taking part in build-up plays, and generating opportunities for his teammates thanks to his passing prowess and vision.
In his final season at Manchester United, Ronaldo adopted an even more aggressive and central role, either as a striker or a supporting forward, or even occasionally as an attacking midfielder.
Due to his striking prowess, he evolved into a prolific goal scorer with an accurate and potent shot from inside the box as well as from a distance.
Cristiano Ronaldo jr also became a set-piece specialist, renowned for his powerful, bending free-kicks. When taking free-kicks, Ronaldo employs the knuckleball technique developed by Juninho Pernambucano. He also uses a trademark stance, often raising his shorts and showing his thighs, signaling “all eyes are on me,” creating a psychological impact on the opposition.
Throughout his career, Ronaldo has been described in the media as having an “arrogant image” on the pitch. Ronaldo himself has stated that the way the media has portrayed him has made him a “target.” He’s often seen shouting, gesturing, and showing emotions on the field.
While motivating his team to win, Ronaldo has emphasized that his competitive nature should not be mistaken for arrogance. His managers, teammates, and various journalists have argued that his pursuit of excellence should not tarnish his image.
Cristiano Ronaldo jr has five children. He became a father for the first time when his son was born on June 17, 2010, in the United States. He has kept his child’s identity private and has not publicly disclosed the child’s mother according to a mutual agreement.
In January 2015, Ronaldo’s year-long relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk came to an end.
On June 8, 2017, Ronaldo became a father to twins born via surrogacy in the United States. He is currently in a relationship with Spanish model Georgina Rodríguez, who gave birth to their daughter on November 12, 2017. This couple was expecting twins in 2022, but tragically one of the twin boys passed away during childbirth, while the girl survived.
Ronaldo’s father, José, passed away from a liver disease related to alcohol in September 2005 when Ronaldo was just 20 years old.
In January 2023, after signing with Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, Ronaldo moved to Saudi Arabia with his family. The strict Muslim-majority kingdom’s rulers had previously made an exception for unmarried couples not to live together in Saudi Arabia, which caused some controversy.
Ronaldo belongs to the Wardén family lineage through his paternal side.
Health and Lifestyle
Cristiano Ronaldo jr has stated that he doesn’t consume alcohol, and he has faced defamation for an article in the Daily Mirror in which it was falsely reported that he drank heavily during his recovery from an injury in July 2008. He doesn’t have any tattoos on his body because he regularly donates blood and bone marrow.
In July 2017, Ronaldo faced allegations of tax fraud, with claims that he evaded around €15 million in taxes between 2011 and 2014. In June 2018, Ronaldo was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term and fined €18.8 million after reaching an agreement with Spanish authorities, which later reduced the fine to €16.8 million.
The sentence could be suspended as long as he doesn’t commit a similar offense during the probationary period.In 2005, Ronaldo and another individual were investigated by the British Crown Prosecution Service following allegations of rape made by two women.
Both women quickly withdrew their accusations, and Scotland Yard afterwards issued a statement claiming that there was not enough evidence to bring charges.
In April 2017, it was reported that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was investigating Ronaldo in connection with a sexual assault allegation from 2009. Ronaldo’s legal team provided documents confirming that he paid $375,000 to a woman as part of a confidentiality settlement.
Ronaldo and his lawyers have vehemently denied all allegations, describing some parts as “fabricated and/or completely false” in a statement, a claim that Der Spiegel explicitly rejected. In July 2019, Las Vegas prosecutors announced that they would not charge Ronaldo with sexual assault.