Fans were let down when the famous Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t play in the King’s Cup match between Al-Nassr and Ohod. Surprisingly, he wasn’t even on the bench as a substitute.
EXPLAINED: WHY CRISTIANO RONALDO IS NOT PLAYING FOR AL-NASSR IN KING CUP MATCH VS OHOD 2023.
For Cristiano Ronaldo fans around the world, Monday night was supposed to be a big deal. Al-Nassr was going head-to-head with Ohod in the King Cup’s Round of 32 match, promising an exciting game. But there was a letdown. The legendary Portuguese footballer was nowhere to be found in the lineup. In fact, he wasn’t even on the substitutes’ bench.
The reason for this surprising absence could be a simple one: rest. Al-Nassr had played against Al-Ahli just three days prior on September 22. Playing Ronaldo again in such a short span might have been too much, so the head coach decided to give him a break.
As Cristiano Ronaldo, the 38-year-old football superstar, gets older, it seems like he’s taking a break to prepare for a Saudi Pro League game in September. So, if Ronaldo played against Ohod tonight, it would be his third match in a row, including the game against Al-Ta’ee. This could have made him really tired.
In Al-Nassr’s recent win against Al-Ahli, Ronaldo got a bit hurt. But he did score two goals in a fantastic performance. Right now, Ronaldo is the top scorer in the Saudi Pro League with 9 goals, so he’s crucial for the team as the league continues on September 29.
Now, Ohod is in the second division in Saudi Arabia, and Al-Nassr has many great players who can win the game without Ronaldo. Besides Ronaldo, star midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is also taking a break for the Kings Cup match. In Ronaldo’s absence, Sadio Mane is leading the team.
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