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Can Ronaldo Match Ahmed Musa's Legacy At Al-Nassr?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s first challenge at Al-Nassr is to match or surpass the former number 7, Ahmed musa. Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a massive move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr as a free agent in what is reported as the biggest contract in football history. With Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence, expect more goals in the Saudi Arabian League. iLOT Bet has the biggest and BEST ODDS for Sports Betting lovers in Nigeria. Join the winning team today.

The transfer will reportedly see 37-year-old Ronaldo become the highest-paid footballer in the world, earning around €200 million per year. But before Ronaldo, there was another record-breaking left-winger donning the number seven in the yellow and blue of Al-Nassr, his name is Ahmed Musa.

Obviously, Ahmed Musa is not Cristiano Ronaldo but the Nigerian arrived at Al-Nassr to much fanfare in 2018 off the back of a fantastic World Cup outing. Musa was signed for €16.5 million from Leicester City in the summer of 2018, making him the most expensive transfer in Saudi Arabian football history.

Although the record would later be broken in 2021 by Matheus Pereira who joined Al Hilal for €18 million, Musa’s transfer is still the second-most expensive in Saudi Arabian football and he remains Al-Nassr’s record signing, a record Ronaldo can never break despite his enormous contract as he was signed as a free agent.

Can Ronaldo surpass Ahmed Musa at Al-Nassr?

As Ronaldo himself said at his unveiling, his time at Al-Nassr is a fresh challenge which means his European achievements, however impressive, do not matter here. He also instantly becomes the greatest player in Al Nassr (and Saudi Arabian football) history by default from a perspective of recognition but he still has to earn his stripes on the pitch as he had done everywhere else he has played before now.

Musa scored seven goals and notched seven assists in 24 league games to deliver the 2018/19 Saudi Pro League title for his team in his very first season which is also the last league title Al-Nassr have won to date.

It took the Nigerian three games to net his first hat-trick, scoring all three goals in a 3-0 away win against Al-Qadsiah FC on September 19, 2018. These are the types of milestones Ronaldo must hit in his first season to justify the massive investment made by the club and establish himself as the superior Al-Nassr number seven.

Ahmed Musa played 57 games in two years at Al-Nassr, returning 11 goals and 14 assists after which his contract was mutually terminated in October 2020, a concept with which Ronaldo has become recently familiar.
Normally, Ahmed Musa’s numbers would be child’s play to Ronaldo but not the 37-year-old version that has struggled to impact games since the start of this season.

It would be foolhardy to expect Ronaldo to score at the same ridiculous frequency he has throughout his career so far, he is clearly past his best and even the much lower level of football in Saudi Arabia might not be enough to mask his decline completely.

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20 comments

  • Marcel · January 16, 2023 at 9:04 am

    I think he will surpass Ahmed Musa, its Cristiano we are talking about o

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  • chidubem · January 17, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    both players are good at what they do, but there shouldn't be any comparison between them o..

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  • habeeb · January 17, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Musa is good but Ronaldo is better...

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  • adejoke · January 17, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    we know that Ronaldo is good at what he does...

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  • oyin · January 17, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Him go do him best leave the rest...i sha trust my GOAT

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  • ashley · January 17, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    we know what Cristiano is capable of we have also seen what he can do.

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  • salami · January 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Cristiano and Musa are both good players, but about matching Ahmed Musa's legacy? there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

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  • afolabi · January 17, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    ilot, let me go and check their stats and come back...

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  • kunle · January 17, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Lets wait and see how he performs, but Ahmed Musa was a vibe

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  • jane · January 17, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    I trust Cristiano

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  • Hannah · January 18, 2023 at 8:37 am

    Him no go fit do pass how him dey do normally

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  • abike · January 18, 2023 at 8:49 am

    both men are good...but lets watch out for Cristiano at his new team

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  • Adekunle · January 18, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Wahala!... Comparing Ronaldo to Ahmed Musa, very ridiculous....

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  • tijani · January 18, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    Come to think of it, what if he doesn't match Ahmed Musa's legacy?

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  • khalid · January 18, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    Lets not overhype this guy jor, he wont do more than his capacity

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  • ifeanyi · January 18, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    Ahmed Musa? who is that compared to our Cristiano

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  • patrick · January 19, 2023 at 7:36 am

    Saudi Arabia and the whole of Al nassr FC is indeed lucky.

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  • victor · January 19, 2023 at 7:37 am

    Lets wait and see...

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  • Charity · January 19, 2023 at 7:39 am

    i dont know about matching Ahmed Musa's legacy, but i know he will give in all his best

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  • chijioke · January 19, 2023 at 7:41 am

    I just hope he doesn't have issues with this new club, wishing him all the best

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