Al-Nassr, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, is supposedly going to get an invitation to compete in the UEFA Champions League in 2024–25.
Since the Champions League’s establishment thirty years ago, only clubs affiliated with UEFA have participated. Given the club’s popularity in Europe, it is now planned to invite Al-Nassr, a Saudi Pro League team, to participate in the event next year.
That’s mostly because of Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed with the team in December as a free agent. Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 140 goals.
Having had a fantastic start to the season, 38-year-old Ronaldo—who is among the greatest players to have ever played the beautiful game—continues to mature like a good wine.
In 17 appearances in all competitions, the captain of Portugal has scored 16 goals and provided nine assists. Al-Alami trail rivals Al-Hilal by four points with 13 games, despite having the league’s best totals of 13 goals and 7 assists.
UEFA currently intends to invite the Saudi Arabian team for the 2024–25 season in an attempt to capitalise on the popularity of Cristiano Ronaldo. According to Alharbi, “The European Union intends to extend an invitation to Al Nassr to participate in the 2024 UEFA Champions League, being one of the three most famous clubs in football and because Al Nassr has great and great popularity on the European continent.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of Al Nassr, has a stellar record throughout the UEFA Champions League. The three-time Ballon d’Or recipient has played in 183 games for three different teams, with 140 goals as well as 48 assists.
The majority of Ronaldo’s goals (105 goals, 31 assists) as well as appearances (101) came from Real Madrid, the team he won four titles with. In 2008, the year he claimed his first Ballon d’Or award, he also won a championship with Manchester United.
Ronaldo became the first player in European club football history to win the tournament five times, among many other records and milestones. During the Champions League final, he also became the first player to score for two winning clubs.