Cristiano Ronaldo’s team, Al-Nassr, is scheduled to play against the Iranian side Persepolis in the Asian Champions League. Ronaldo, the star player for Al-Nassr, received a warm welcome upon his arrival in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday. This visit is significant as it marks the first time a Saudi club has traveled to Iran for a match since 2016. It is also Ronaldo’s first visit to Iran with Al-Nassr, adding to the anticipation surrounding the historic fixture in the Asian Champions League.
The recent fixture between Al-Nassr and Persepolis in the Asian Champions League carries historical significance due to the strained diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia in recent years. These tensions led to the severance of diplomatic ties in 2016. Consequently, the 2015 edition of the Asian Champions League was the last time that Iranian and Saudi Arabian clubs faced each other on home turf during group stage or knockout fixtures. Since 2016, football matches involving clubs from these two nations have been held in neutral territories. However, earlier this year, diplomatic relations were restored between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Tehran for the match generated immense excitement among football fans. Large crowds gathered in the streets, chanting “Ronaldo, Ronaldo,” and displaying banners and posters featuring the Portuguese superstar. Some enthusiastic supporters even made their way into the Espians Palace Hotel to catch a glimpse of Ronaldo. Al-Nassr shared the lively scenes on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), highlighting the genuine passion and excitement surrounding Ronaldo’s visit to the Iranian capital, Tehran.
The enthusiasm for Cristiano Ronaldo’s visit to Iran was truly remarkable, with some children wearing Al-Nassr and Portugal jerseys adorned with Ronaldo’s name and number. Many fans even imitated Ronaldo’s iconic goal celebration. In a heartwarming gesture, the fans presented Ronaldo with an original hand-woven piece of art created by Iranian artists. The artwork was intended to commemorate Ronaldo’s presence in Iran and was offered as a token of appreciation on behalf of Persepolis’s fans. This display of warmth and admiration underscores the global appeal and impact of a football superstar like Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo is leading Al-Nassr’s bid for success in the Asian Champions League. He recently showcased his scoring prowess by netting a goal against Al Raed in a Saudi Pro League match, extending his streak of scoring in four consecutive games. This impressive performance helped Al Nassr secure a convincing 1-3 victory over Al Raed. In the Saudi domestic league, Al Nassr currently holds the sixth position in the points table, having accumulated 12 points from six matches.
Ronaldo, a five-time UEFA Champions League winner in Europe, is now poised to pursue a similar achievement in top-tier Asian club football. With Ronaldo’s presence boosting their confidence, Al Nassr has its sights set on winning their first-ever Asian Champions League title this season.