Veteran Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is going through his first serious test with Al-Nasr Saudi Arabia since his arrival last month, when he meets Al-Ittihad on Thursday in the semi-finals of the Saudi Super Cup in football, while Al-Hilal faces Al-Fayha in the second semi-final.

And Al-Nassr had won the first official appearance of the best player in the world five times, Sunday, against Al-Ettifaq with a single goal, which kept him at the top of the Saudi League, a point behind its rival Al-Hilal, who played more than one match.

Al-Hilal participated in the Super Cup as the league champion last season, and Al-Fayhaa as the King’s Cup champion, while Al-Ittihad participated as the league’s runner-up, with Al-Nasr third in the league instead of the cup runner-up (Al-Hilal).

Al-Hilal has three titles in the competition, compared to two for Al-Nasr, and a title for Al-Fateh, Al-Shabab and Al-Ahly.

The Super Cup system in the past years was a single match that brought together the league and cup champions.

Al-Nasr and Al-Ittihad met this season in the local league, and the match that witnessed the expulsion of a player from each team ended in a goalless draw, noting that Al-Ittihad won back and forth last season (3-1 and 3-0).

The two teams are experiencing a distinguished season, as each of them suffered only one loss, similar to Al-Hilal. Al-Ittihad is currently ranked third in the league, two points behind Al-Nassr, after 14 games, and reached the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup.

As for Al-Nassr, it sits on top and qualified for the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup, and for this reason each team will throw all its weight in order to settle the final ticket in its favour, and each of them qualifies for that in light of the presence of a large number of distinguished elements in the two teams.

The Moroccan top scorer, Abd al-Razzaq Hamdallah, and the Brazilian trio, Romarinho Da Silva, Igor Coronado, goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, and the Egyptians Tariq Hamed and Ahmed Hegazy, stand out in Al-Ittihad. While Al-Nassr includes the legend Ronaldo, who will turn thirty-eight at the end of next week, the Brazilian Talisca, the top scorer in the league (12 goals), and his compatriot Luiz Gustavo, along with the new Argentine goalkeeper Agustin Rossi, substitute for the injured Colombian David Ospina, Abdullah Al-Omari and Abdul-Rahman Gharib.

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