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Suspended Ronaldo Departs Portugal Camp, Makes Return to Al-Nassr

 


Cristiano Ronaldo, aged 38, departed from Portugal's national team camp earlier than scheduled and returned to his Saudi club, Al-Nassr. This decision came in light of his suspension from Portugal's upcoming match in the 2024 European Nations Cup qualifiers. Ronaldo had accrued three yellow cards in Portugal's recent Euro 2024 qualifying matches, with the most recent one occurring during their fifth-round game against Slovakia on Saturday, September 9th. In that match, which saw the 2016 European champions win 1-0 against Slovakia, Ronaldo received a yellow card due to a reckless tackle against Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the 62nd minute. Consequently, he would miss the sixth-round match taking place on Monday in Luxembourg, marking the conclusion of the current international break.

The Portuguese national team is on the verge of securing qualification for the 2024 European Nations Cup, holding the top spot in Group 10 with a flawless 15 points. Ronaldo has contributed significantly with 5 goals in 5 matches during the current qualifiers.

Ronaldo, who boasts an impressive record of 123 international goals in 201 matches, will now rejoin Al-Nassr for their preparatory training sessions. His Saudi club is gearing up for a crucial sixth-round match in the Saudi Professional League scheduled for Saturday, September 16th, against Al-Raed.

Notably, Ronaldo is currently the leading scorer in the Saudi league, having netted 6 goals and provided 4 assists in the first five rounds of the competition.

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