Check out why Al-Nassr postpone first game since signing Ronaldo
See why Al-Nassr postpone first game since Ronaldo transfer.
Since announcing the signing of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Al-Nassr have been forced to postpone their first Saudi Pro League match.
After agreeing to a two-year deal with the Saudi team, who have reportedly made the 37-year-old the highest-paid player in football history, Ronaldo was formally introduced as an Al-Nassr player on Tuesday.
Ronaldo started training with the club after the conclusion of the glitzy event at Mrsool Park, with his focus now locked on readying himself for a highly anticipated debut in the Middle East.
Al-Nassr was scheduled to return to SPL play on Thursday night against Al-Ta’ee, but the club has stated that the match has been postponed by one day due to technical issues at their stadium brought on by the inclement weather.
An official statement on Al-Nassr’s social media channels reads: “Due to heavy rain and weather conditions impacting the stadium’s electricity, we have been officially informed that tonight’s match against Al Ta’i is postponed for 24 hours. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to fans and wish everyone safe travels.”
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) January 5, 2023
According to reports, Ronaldo won’t be able to participate against Al-Ta’ee because of the suspension the English Football Association handed him for smashing a phone during his final season at Manchester United.
The Portuguese star left Old Trafford by mutual consent in November, but the two-game suspension is said to be transferrable to his new club, and he is therefore not expected to feature in Al-Nassr’s rescheduled fixture on Friday.
After Al-Nassr’s clash with Al-Ta’ee, they will turn their attention to a meeting with Al-Shabab on January 14. Should Ronaldo’s ban be enforced, he will not be available for his first appearance for the club until an encounter against Ettifaq eight days later.