Reports from Saudi Arabia suggest that UEFA is contemplating extending an invitation to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr for the upcoming Champions League season. Despite Ronaldo’s impressive performance in the Saudi Pro League, his European fanbase has had limited exposure to his recent achievements. According to Saudi journalist, Al Nassr is being considered due to being among the “three most famous clubs in the world” with substantial popularity in Europe. Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner and record-holder in Champions League history, would likely welcome Al Nassr’s participation in the 2024/2025 edition.
Ronaldo, the first player to secure five Champions League titles, boasts the most appearances and goals (140) in the competition. His remarkable records extend to being a seven-time top scorer, scoring 67 goals in knockout stages, and achieving a unique feat of scoring in 11 consecutive Champions League games.
The upcoming Champions League format changes, eliminating the group stage and introducing a single league table with 36 teams, could provide an opportunity for Al Nassr. The top eight teams will advance directly to the round of 16, while teams positioned ninth to 24th will enter a playoff for the remaining eight places. Teams at positions 25 to 36 will be eliminated from European competition.