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Ronaldo’s Debut Season in Saudi Arabia Falls Short as Al-Ittihad Clinches League Victory

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in 16 games, but this time he was unable to secure a victory

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SAUDI ARABIA: Due to Al Ittihad’s victory in the penultimate week of the season, which went on to win the championship, Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to win the Saudi Pro League championship in his first season with Al Nassr.

Going into the 29th round of the season, Al Ittihad held a three-point lead and held the tiebreaker advantage at the top. Al Nassr knew they needed a win to have a realistic chance of extending the title race to the last day.

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Al Nassr managed a 1-1 draw away at Al Ittifaq in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Al Ittifaq’s Youssoufou Niakaté scored a close-range goal, but Al Nassr tied the score with Luiz Gustavo’s powerful shot in the 56th minute.

Since making his league debut in January, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in 16 games, but this time he was unable to secure a victory.

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Ronaldo moved to Saudi Arabia after an acrimonious midseason departure from Manchester United. With 10 minutes left, Luiz Gustavo’s goal in the second half was disallowed for offside.

Romarinho, a Brazilian attacker, scored twice for Al Ittihad, who also had help from Ahmed Sharahili, who scored in the third minute. Nuno Espirito Santo, a former manager of Wolverhampton and Tottenham, is in charge of the group, which won its eighth league championship overall.

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Santo thanked the players and supporters for their support this season. The early goal was crucial, and Al Ittihad held an untouchable five-point lead over Al Nassr. With a victory of 3-0 at Abha, Al Hilal rose to third. Al Ittihad will hold an untouchable five-point lead over Al Nassr on Wednesday.

Also Read: Saudi Arabian Club Al Nassr Secures Ronaldo’s Services in Massive $200 Million Deal


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