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Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed his first competitive goal for Al-Nassr on Friday as his late penalty rescued a point against Al Fateh. The Portuguese appeared on the scoresheet for the first time in his three games with the Saudi Arabian side, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will hope to show fans plenty more in the weeks to come.
Ronaldo raised eyebrows by signing a mega-money deal with Al-Nassr just before the turn of the year. The 37-year-old claimed that he had won all there was to win in Europe and looked forward to a new challenge after leaving Manchester United in controversial circumstances.
Saudi fans were given plenty to chew on midway through January when Paris Saint-Germain travelled to the Middle East to face an All-Star XI. Ronaldo scored twice in the match but Lionel Messi’s PSG won 5-4 in an entertaining affair.
Ronaldo’s first three competitive matches haven’t been quite so positive. A narrow win over Ettifaq on his full debut was courtesy of team-mate Talisca, before he draw a blank in a 3-1 defeat to Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Super Cup semi-final.
Friday’s match against Al Fateh appeared to be following a similar trend as Ronaldo blazed a rebound over the crossbar in the first half with the goalkeeper in no-man’s-land. The match did finish on a positive, however, as the former Real Madrid hero finished convincingly from the penalty spot to level the scores up at 2-2.
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