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Cristiano Ronaldo: Portuguese superstar crowded by fans as Al-Nassr reach Iran for AFC Champions League fixture

Portugal and Al-Nassr superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was swarmed by fans as his brigade touched down in Iran to take on Persepolis FC in their AFC Champions League outing on Tuesday. The former Real Madrid and Manchester United great was greeted with a rousing reception from fans as they swarmed Al-Nassr team bus.

Cristiano Ronaldo creates madness in Iran

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi- the two greatest names in world football have always created a stir in the football fraternity. Wherever they have gone, be it Iran or Miami, both of them have attracted widespread interest and garnered worldwide attention. Ronaldo had vouched for a switch in playing career in January when he shifted his base to Asian front, plying his trade for Saudi powerhouse Al-Nassr. After he arrived, Al-Nassr and Saudi football showcased widespread enthusiasm and has proved their worth in ‘attracting’ several top European stars in their clubs, as the current Saudi League possess some of the big names in world football, including Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid mate Karim Benzema, and former Barcelona and PSG stalwart Neymar, who are playing in Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal, respectively.

This week, all top teams from each Asian countries, including India, Iran, Uzbekistan Saudi Arab, will be participating in the Asian version of football’s elite competition, AFC Champions League. Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr would be looking to win their maiden ACL title, with the likes of a stacked frontal attack comprising Sadio Mane and Brozovic, while their arch-rivals Al-Ittihad will be looking for a third title as Neymar’s Al-Hilal holds the record of most ACL titles, winning it four times. Al-Nassr is placed in a comparatively easier group which contains Iranian side Persepolis FC, Tajikistan based outfit Istiklol FC and Qatari side Al-Duhail SC, which has increased their attacking potency by the inclusion of former Barca and Liverpool great Philippe Coutinho.

Craze of the God

When Al-Nassr had reached Iran, thousands of fans began to swarm his team bus as they were seen chasing the vehicle which had Ronaldo in it. Some videos and photos have surfaced which saw fans and supporters are running , screaming and taking photos with the bus as they went berserk on seeing their favorite star in front of them. Other videos showed that people were bearing down on the hotel, where Al-Nassr is supposed to stay, and were chanting the superstar’s name.

With the advent of AFC Champions League, this will be the first time that a Saudi football club will be playing an Iranian team in their own ground since 2015, as both nations had severed their diplomatic ties in 2016. Fortunately, especially for Iranian fans, parity was restored and nations were able to rekindle their bonhomie with each other.

It was even reported that Al-Nassr had to cancel their training session after fans had swarmed their hotel, as the Saudi runners-up from last season look to maintain their blitzkrieg start in this year’s AFC Champions League.

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