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Look: Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in the UAE

by Staff Reporter
Cristiano Ronaldo arrives in the UAE

Fresh off a one-match suspension and fine for an alleged offensive gesture, Cristiano Ronaldo touched down in the UAE alongside his Al Nassr teammates, eager to propel the Saudi Pro League side closer to clinching the Asian Champions League title.

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Ronaldo’s absence in their recent league game resulted in a thrilling 4-4 draw against Al Hazm, leaving Al Nassr trailing league leaders Al Hilal by nine points. Despite this setback, coach Luis Castro remains confident, stating, “Ronaldo strengthens the team and ensures that the opponent respects you more, but his absence had nothing to do with the result.”

ACL quarter-final clash

The focus now shifts to the ACL quarter-final clash against UAE’s Al Ain, where Ronaldo’s presence could prove decisive. Having played a pivotal role in securing their spot in the quarters, Ronaldo’s performance will be closely watched as Nassr aims to capitalize on their best chance for silverware this season.

Al Nasr in UAE

Meanwhile, Tuesday sets the stage for an all-Saudi showdown as Al Hilal takes on Al Ittihad. Despite missing Neymar, Al Hilal boasts confidence after securing a 25th straight win in all competitions, with coach Jorge Jesus emphasizing the importance of maintaining their momentum in crucial matches ahead.

tanvir@dubainewsweek.com

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