Ronaldo to make his debut for Al Nassr against Lionel Messi’s PSG
Cristiano Ronaldo will take part in an exhibition match against PSG and a mixture of Al Nassr and Al Hilal players.
's debut for Al Nassr will possibly be against Leo Messi's PSG in an exhibition game on January 19. The match is set to take place at Ryiadh with a mix of Al Nassr and Al Hilal playing against the Ligue 1 giants. Ronaldo has been serving an FA ban since he knocked a phone out of the hand of an Everton fan. This has stopped him from making his debut for Al Nassr. While this match will be his first game for the club, Al Nassr coach isn't happy about the timing of the game, saying:
"It won't be with the Al Nassr jersey. It will be a mix between Al Hilal and Al Nassr.
"As the coach of Al Nassr, I cannot be happy with this match. For development, to seePSG
, to see the great Parisian players, indeed it is a good thing. But we have a championship game three days later.
"In terms of scheduling, it could have been better thought out. But it's not a big deal… We are in the lead, we are happy. It is a difficult championship to win, but we intend to do it."
Rudi Garcia went on to claim that he wants to make Ronaldo fall in love with football again after his recent dealings, as he stated:
"The only thing I want is for him to enjoy playing football again and smile. In recent months, between Manchester United, the national team and also at a private level, he has not had easy moments. If he finds the pleasure of playing again, a good goal will be achieved."
He concluded by comparing Ronaldo's arrival in Suadi Arabia to that of Pele in The U.S. After he joined New York Cosmos, a move that changed the American football landscape for the better.
"It's a bit like Pele's arrival, especially for the development of football, sport and culture in Saudi Arabia,"
"It's great. Great for us, for Al-Nassr. Great for Saudi Arabia. Cristiano Ronaldo is more than a player. He is one of the best players in the world.
"It's amazing how much it's put a spotlight on our club. Now everyone knows where our club is around the world. We must have gone from 800,000 to 10m [followers] in a few hours, a few days, because of Cristiano's arrival."
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