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Al Nassr match schedule 2023: When does Cristiano Ronaldo play in Saudi Pro League, AFC Champions League
By Kyle Bonn,
Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival at Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr has created much buzz about the club and brought global attention to the team and the Saudi Pro League.
Al Nassr sit second in the Saudi top-flight standings and they are gunning for a league title, hoping to qualify for next year's AFC Champions League in the process. They were eliminated in the semis of the Saudi Super Cup, but they are in the semifinals of the King Cup of Champions.
Ronaldo's official debut with the club came on Sunday, January 22. Here are details on his next match, highlights from his previous contests, and what the rest of the season holds in store for the Portuguese superstar.
Al Nassr sit second in the Saudi Pro League, and will look to push to finish top in order to secure the league title and qualify for the AFC Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo made his Al Nassr debut on January 22 vs Ettifaq and he has since been involved in a total of 10 matches with the only two losses coming against Al Ittihad -- once in league play and once in the Saudi Super Cup, which Al Ittihad went on to win.
Are Al Nassr playing in the Asian Champions League?
This season, Al Nassr did not qualify for the 2022/23 Asian Champions League (known as the AFC Champions League after the confederation name).
The Saudi Pro League gets three automatic spots into the 2023/24 AFC Champions League group stage and one qualifying slot . The 2021/22 and 2022/23 champions of the Saudi Pro League get two of the direct berths, while the other goes to the 2022/23 King Cup champion. The slot in the qualifying stages goes to the 2021/22 King Cup winner Al Fayha.
Should Al Nassr win the 2022/23 Saudi Pro League or the King Cup, they would automatically qualify for next season's AFC Champions League. Al Nassr have never won the AFC Champions League, but the club did reach the final in 1995, its only appearance in that stage of the tournament.
Upon Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival in mid-January, Al Nassr had only lost one match all season, a 1-0 defeat against Al Taawoun back on the second day of the season (Sept. 3).
Their second loss of the season came in the Saudi Super Cup semifinal against Al Ittihad (Jan. 26), who also dealt Ronaldo's side a third loss on the season with a narrow 1-0 win in league play on March 9.