« In a highly-anticipated match, Al-Nassr secured a 2-0 victory over Persepolis in a group-stage game of the Asian Champions League (AFC) held at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Tuesday. The match featured Al-Nassr’s star players, including Sadio Mane and the legendary number 7, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s presence in Iran for approximately 36 hours generated significant excitement, leading to a large crowd gathering in front of the Espinas Palace Hotel and the Al-Nassr team bus, as seen in the footage.
Despite being held scoreless in this Asian Champions League game, Ronaldo’s visit was a moment of great enthusiasm for his many fans in Iran, who hold a deep admiration for the football icon.
According to media reports, the game took place in an empty Azadi Stadium as Persepolis was ordered to play without fans for one game by the Asian Football Confederation due to an offensive social media post made by the club in 2021.
This decision meant that Iranian fans missed the opportunity to watch Ronaldo and other high-profile Al-Nassr signings like Marcelo Brozovic in action. Nonetheless, the Saudi Arabian team secured victory with two goals scored by Abdulrahman Ghareeb and Mohammed Qassem. »