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Ronaldo’s title bid ends in failure as Al-Ittihad win Saudi Pro League

Published: 19:42, 28 May 2023

Ronaldo’s title bid ends in failure as Al-Ittihad win Saudi Pro League

Cristiano Ronaldo is on track to complete another season without winning a team championship as Al Nassr's hopes of claiming the Saudi Pro League title came to an end on Saturday. 
In their away match against Ettifaq, Al Nassr settled for a 1-1 draw, while league leaders Al-Ittihad secured their first league title since 2009 with a convincing 3-0 win against Al Feiha.
These outcomes resulted in Al-Ittihad, led by former Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo, holding a five-point advantage over Al Nassr with just one round of fixtures remaining.
Al-Ittihad dealt another blow to Cristiano Ronaldo's trophy aspirations this season, marking the second time they have thwarted his chances of winning silverware. 
In January, Al Nassr suffered a 3-1 defeat to Al-Ittihad in the semi-finals of the Saudi Super Cup, which happened to be Ronaldo's second match for the club. 
Subsequently, Al Nassr's journey in the King Cup ended in April when they were defeated 1-0 by Al-Wehda on their home turf.
Throughout his illustrious club career, Ronaldo has amassed an impressive collection of 30 team trophies, achieved during his stints at renowned clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid. 
However, since contributing to Juventus' Coppa Italia triumph in May 2021, the 38-year-old Portuguese star has been unable to add any further silverware to his collection.
Portuguese football great Cristiano Ronaldo believes the Saudi Pro League he joined this season could in time become one of the top five leagues in the world.
The Portugal skipper joined Al-Nassr in January on a contract estimated by some media reports to be worth more than 200m euros ($220.16m), reports Reuters.
Ronaldo has played in three of the world's top leagues with stints at Real Madrid in Spain's LaLiga, Manchester United in the English Premier League and Juventus in Italy's Serie A.
The 38-year old said the quality of the Saudi competition had improved even in his short time in it.