Cristiano Ronaldo in line to make Saudi Arabian club debut against Lionel Messi


Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game in Saudi Arabian football is expected to come against Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain.

The 37-year-old completed his move to Al Nassr at the end of December after mutually terminating his contract with Manchester United a month earlier.

He is yet to make his debut for the club after serving a two-match ban from the Football Association for smashing an Everton fan’s phone last year.

And Al Nassr manager Rudi Garcia has admitted that Ronaldo’s first appearance in Saudi football is likely to come in a Pro League XI against PSG on January 19.

“[His debut] will not be with Al Nassr. It will be a mix between Al Hilal and Al Nassr,” Garcia said.

“As the coach of Al Nassr, I cannot be satisfied with this match. For development, to see PSG, to see the great players of Paris, it is a really good thing. But three days later we have a championship match.”

“In terms of the schedule, it could have been thought out better. But it’s not a big deal. We’re in the lead, we’re happy. It’s hard to win the championship, but we intend to do it.”

Garcia added: “He [Ronaldo] has not had an easy time in recent months, between Manchester United, the national team and also on a private level.

“If he finds pleasure in playing again, it will be a good goal for him to achieve.

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