Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr, the Saudi Arabian club that signed him in December 2022 for a reported 200 million euros per year, advanced to the group stage of the AFC Champions League after a dramatic 4-2 win over Shabab Al-Ahli of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. Ronaldo scored two goals in the match and was the top scorer of the qualifying round with five goals in four games.
Al-Nassr will be in Group E of the AFC Champions League, along with Mumbai City FC, the Indian Super League champions who qualified for the continental tournament for the first time in their history. Mumbai City FC is owned by City Football Group, the same entity that owns Manchester City, New York City FC, and Melbourne City FC, among others. Mumbai City FC has several star players, such as Hugo Boumous, Adam Le Fondre, and Ahmed Jahouh.
The AFC Champions League group stage will start on February 14, 2023, and end on May 6, 2023. Each team will play six matches, three at home and three away. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage, which will begin on August 22, 2023, and end on November 25, 2023, with the final.
According to the official schedule released by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Al-Nassr will play against Mumbai City FC twice: once in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 7, 2023, and once in Pune, India, on April 11, 2023. These matches will be a great opportunity for Indian football fans to witness one of the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d’Or awards, five Champions League titles, and four European Golden Shoes in his illustrious career.
It will also be a chance for Mumbai City FC to test themselves against one of the strongest teams in Asia and to showcase their own talent and ambition. Mumbai City FC coach Sergio Lobera said he was looking forward to facing Al-Nassr and Ronaldo.
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