Days After FIFA’s Snub, Cristiano Ronaldo Ditched by Saudi Pro League Despite 2 Goals in Al Nassr Win

Al Nassr is on a purple patch of form, winning the last gives on the trot. They have regained their footing with superior recruitment quality and improved strategic positioning. Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is at the heart of that following his stunning performances. He scored two goals against Al-Ahli, a side that signed world-class soccer players as well. Yet, the Portuguese sensation was out of the Team of the Week for Matchweek 7.

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Ronaldo has earned numerous team of the week honors; however, despite his commendable performance, he was excluded. Similarly, he did not make the final cut for another prestigious individual award. Has he lost his charm?

Cristiano Ronaldo fails to make the Saudi team of the week!


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Instead of CR7, other notable players like Riyad Mahrez, Moussa Dembele, and Georginio Wijnaldum made the cut. Mahrez scored a penalty goal for his side, Al-Ahli, in their match against Al Nassr. Ronaldo grabbed two goals in that game and ended up victorious with a scoreline of 4-3. Meanwhile, Dembele and Wijnaldum scored two goals in Al-Ettifaq’s 4-3 victory against Al-Ta’ee that propelled them into the Team of the Week. The snub of Ronaldo seems confusing because he put in a solid effort in the match. 

His team is 5th in the Saudi Pro League standings with 15 points. Slowly, the team rediscovered their form and continuously produced improved performances under Luis Castro. The other players included in the best Matchweek 7 team are Bernard Mensah, Faycal Fajr, Hussain Al-Eisa, Ghislain Konan, Abdullah Al-Hafith, Farouk Chafai, Fawaz Al Soqoor, and Ibrahim Šehić. 

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It became shocking for Ronaldo to miss out on a spot. More disappointing news for CR7 came up as he missed the spot for the FIFA Men’s Best Player award for 2023. The old guard is shifting, even though Messi is the favorite to win. 


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Ronaldo misses out on FIFA Men’s Best Player Award!

Ronaldo missed the award this year, with other players coming to the forefront. They nominated Lionel Messi for the award after a stellar World Cup victory and league title with PSG. With the Ronaldo-Messi era in the shadows now, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have made the list for the shortlist of 2023. Mbappe led France to the World Cup final and won the Golden Boot award this year. 

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In the same vein, Haaland led Manchester City to a treble victory, winning the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and the FA Cup. It became a historic moment for the Manchester City player, who looks to lead the line for the club. In fact, he scored 52 goals in all competitions, showcasing his quality throughout the 2022/23 campaign. So, who do you think will win the grand prize?


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