Sadio Mane extended his warm congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo for his decisive goal, which played a crucial role in Al-Nassr’s advancement to the knockout stages of the Arab Club Champions Cup on August 3rd. Discover Sadio Mane Sends Touching Message to Cristiano Ronaldo.
After making a high-profile transfer worth £34 million from Bayern Munich, the former Liverpool star debuted for the Saudi Arabian club. Al-Nassr faced Egyptian club Zamalek in a do-or-die final group stage match in the Arab Club Champions Cup. With Zamalek taking the lead through a penalty from Zizo, Al-Nassr found themselves on the brink of elimination.
However, with just three minutes left on the clock, Ronaldo took charge and came to the rescue, leveling the score in the 87th minute to secure a vital draw. Moreover, this critical goal propelled Al-Nassr into the quarterfinals of the competition, as reported by ESPN.
Following the game, Mane praised Ronaldo for his match-winning goal, which proved to be the deciding factor in Al-Nassr’s qualification. Furthermore, he took to Instagram to express his heartfelt congratulations to the Portuguese star, saying, “A new chapter begins!!! Congrats for your goal Big Man @cristiano !!! On to the next round💪🏾thank @alnassr fans, the support was amazing.”
African Stars Shifting to the Saudi Pro League
In recent times, there has been a notable trend of African stars making moves to the Saudi Pro League, with over 15 top players opting to leave the top European leagues for the Middle East. Additionally, Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Al-Nassr in January sparked a domino effect, attracting other big-name players, including the current Ballon d’Or holder, Karim Benzema, to join him.
Manchester City’s head coach, Pep Guardiola, has issued a warning, stating that the lucrative deals offered to players in the oil-rich country might pose a challenge for European clubs trying to compete for their signatures.
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