Ronaldo facing more Al-Nassr frustration as new club 'unable to register' him

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Ronaldo facing more Al-Nassr frustration as new club
Ronaldo facing more Al-Nassr frustration as new club 'unable to register' him

Cristiano Ronaldo was already set for a frustrating wait for his Al-Nassr debut, but the veteran forward could now face a further blow with reports suggesting his new club have been unable to register him.

Ronaldo was unveiled by the Saudi Pro League outfit on Tuesday, less than two months after leaving former club Manchester United. He hinted that he would be ready to start two days later in a league game against Al-Ta'ee, but this proved wishful thinking.

The forward was handed a two-game ban by the Football Association in November after slapping a phone out of the hand of a young fan as United faced Everton in the Premier League. It has been reported that this suspension will still apply to the Saudi competition, meaning the wait goes on, but fresh reports appear to rub salt into the wound.

According to Barron's, the issue surrounds Al-Nassr's overseas player quota. The Saudi Pro League allows clubs to register eight foreign players at any given time, with seven of those eight allowed to be named in matchday squads.

The eight on Al-Nassr's books before Ronaldo included Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar and former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina. According to reports from Saudi Arabia, the most likely player to make way is Jaloliddin Masharapov, the Uzbek winger who has played just once this season and previously wore Ronaldo's number seven.

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Reports from Europe suggest Al-Nassr were banned from new registrations due to outstanding debts. However, with these debts having supposedly now been paid, there could still be time to register Ronaldo before the next game for which he is eligible.

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Ronaldo facing more Al-Nassr frustration as new club 'unable to register' himCristiano Ronaldo was unveiled by Al-Nassr on Tuesday (Al Nassr Football Club/AFP via G)

Thursday's match against Al-Ta'ee ended up being postponed at late notice due to heavy rain. A statement from Ronaldo's club confirmed the match had been pushed back by 24 hours, meaning the forward is expected to serve the first game of his two-match ban on Friday.

Al-Nassr's next game after that comes against Al-Shabab, their closest rivals for the title. Vicente Moreno's team were beaten 2-1 at Al-Wehda on Thursday to remain a point adrift of Ronaldo and his team-mates.

If Ronaldo does indeed sit out those first two games, something which Al-Nassr have yet to confirm at the time of writing, his debut could come at home to Al-Ettifaq on January 22. This wait gives his club two weeks to resolve and registration issues which may exist.

"I had many opportunities in Europe, many clubs in Brazil, in Australia, in the US and even in Portugal," Ronaldo said upon being unveiled by his new employers. "Many clubs tried to sign me but I gave my word to this club to develop not only the football but other parts of this amazing country."

Tom Victor

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