Cristiano Ronaldo is still confident that his team would win championships in 2023–24, despite a challenging start to Al-Nassr’s preseason. The Portuguese star believes his squad is ready to contend for titles thanks to a revamp that includes new players and a new manager.
Al-Nassr and Cristiano Ronaldo haven’t had the most encouraging preseason, to be honest. The Saudi team lost both of its inaugural friendly matches against Benfica of Portugal and Celta Vigo of La Liga. The Spaniards dominated both games, winning 5-0 and 4-1, respectively, with Ronaldo failing to score in either contest.
Despite this rough start, CR7 is unfazed and has stated that they “hope to win all the trophies” in the upcoming season, despite the fact that he acknowledges it will “be very difficult.” However, the Portuguese star notes that they do have some adjustments on their side.
“I think we have a good team, we have a new coach, we have new players, and the ambitions are… the same as last year,” he said. “We’re
looking forward to an
incredible season, and of course I want to win a few trophies this year.”
He is referring to Luis Castro, the new manager who joined the team in July following two seasons with Botafogo in Brazil.
As one of the teams supported by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Al-Nassr has been making some significant summer signings, most recently bringing in Alex Telles from Manchester United and Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan.
Even though they spent more than €50 million on transfers this summer, it’s still unclear whether they’ll be able to turn things around given that their next two preseason games are against the Ligue 1 champions PSG and the Champions League finalist Inter Milan, two teams that should present an even tougher challenge than their first two opponents this summer.