UEFA Champions League is back with the knockout stages. However, the top scorer of the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, made his move to Saudi Club Al Nassr this season. And now, fans are left with only one question does Al Nassr play the UEFA champions league?? Let’s Know
Can Cristiano Ronaldo And Al Nassr Play In The UEFA Champions League In 2023?
The legendary striker signed for the Saudi club, Al Nassr after the FIFA World Cup from Manchester United. On the other hand, Manchester United were also not in UCL this season and are in Europa League.
UEFA Champions League is a tournament hosted by UEFA, which is the governing body of football in European countries. The clubs in Europe playing in the different leagues compete to secure qualification for the Champions League. As Ronaldo has moved to Al Nassr, which is a club in Saudi Arabia and plays in the Saudi league, he won’t be able to play in this year’s UEFA Champions League.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo Be Playing In The AFC Champions League?
However, Ronaldo can be seen in the next year’s AFC Champions League, which is the Champions League of Asian clubs. Moving forward, if Al Nassr manages to win it, then we will be able to witness Ronaldo playing against some top European teams.
Al Nassr failed to qualify for the AFC Champions league this season. So, this season, fans won’t be able to see him in the AFC Champions league.
Al Nassr and Cristiano Ronaldo will have to win the Saudi Pro League, in order to qualify for the AFC Champions League. Currently, they sit in 2nd place in the league behind Al-Shadab but have 2 matches in hand.
Cristiano Ronaldo UCL Records
The Portuguese striker holds several records to his name in the UEFA Champions League, And one of them is the highest goal scorer. He has scored 140 UCL goals in his career. Other than that, these are some records by Cristiano Ronaldo in UCL.
- Most UEFA club competition appearances: 197
- Most UEFA club competition goals: 145
- Most UEFA Champions League goals: 140
- Most goals in a UEFA Champions League season: 17 (2013/14)
- Most goals in UEFA Champions League knockout stages: 67
- UEFA Champions League top scorer: 2007/08, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18
- Most UEFA Champions League appearances: 183
- Most UEFA Champions League final wins: 5
- Only player to score in three UEFA Champions League finals
- One of only two players to score in all six games in a UEFA Champions League group
- Only player to score in 11 straight UEFA Champions League games
- Most UEFA Club Footballer/Best Player/Men’s Player awards: 4 (2008, 2014, 2016, 2017)
- Most appearances in UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year: 15 (2004, 2007–2020)
Teams Playing In UCL This Season
UEFA Champions League is now in its 2nd stage, which is the Round of 16. All the remaining 16 teams will be playing two games against each other, one at home and one away.
The teams remaining in the UCL this season are:
|Bayern||Real Madrid||Tottenham Hotspur||Porto|
|Club Brugge||Napoli||Dortmund||Paris Saint-Germain|
Matches of UCL are:
- Leipzig vs Manchester City
- Club Brugge vs Benfica
- Liverpool vs Real Madrid
- AC Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur
- Frankfurt vs Napoli
- Dortmund vs Chelsea
- Inter vs Porto
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern
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