Held every four years, Saudi Arabia serves as the host country for the event in 2023. Tournament organizers the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) therefore selected Al Nassr as this year’s invitee host.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr have been drawn in Group C along with Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab, Egypt’s Zamalek and Morocco’s Union Monastirienne. They drew 0-0 with Al Shabab to open the group stage action and now it’s Monastir’s turn.
With Ronaldo still searching for his first trophy as an Al Nassr player, will it be the Arab Club Champions Cup that breaks the duck?
Will Ronaldo play against Monastir?
Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench in their first group stage match against Al Shabab, entering in the 62nd minute and unable to prevent the goal less draw.
Three days later, Ronaldo is expected to start, as is the other Al Nassr star forward Anderson Talisca, who also entered the Al Shabab match as a substitute.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo was a full participant in Al Nassr’s two preseason friendlies in Japan against Inter and PSG, starting both and playing at least a full half in each game. After his substitute appearance over the weekend, he should be rested and fit for a starting role on Monday.