Prior to his team’s AFC Champions League encounter against Persepolis FC at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, Cristiano Ronaldo traveled to Iran. Upon his arrival, a huge crowd of admirers gathered in the streets of the city to see the football hero. From the airport to the hotel, fans followed Ronaldo’s team, Al-Nassr, and even imitated his distinctive “Siiuuu” celebration.
Due to the enormous number of supporters surrounding the hotel where the squad was staying, security was enhanced. Some even climbed a neighboring mountain to obtain a better glimpse of Ronaldo.
Ronaldo gave Iranian painter Fatimah, who is renowned for her great works of art, a signed jersey as a kind gesture. By inviting him to the squad room and giving him an autographed jersey, he also realized a young boy’s dream.
Ronaldo’s visit to Iran is a major source of joy and excitement for many young Iranians, offering a much-needed diversion from their struggles with the economy and international sanctions. Ronaldo, who enjoys enormous acclaim around the world, has 605 million Instagram followers.
Ronaldo’s transfer to Al-Nassr in January 2023 cleared the way for other elite footballers to play in the Gulf Leagues, including Karim Benzema, Neymar, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane, and others.
Al-Nassr is a member of AFC Champions League Group E together with Persepolis FC, Al Duhail SC, and FC Istiklol of Tajikistan. However, due to a ban imposed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) because of license requirements, the upcoming game versus Persepolis FC will be held in secret.
The top clubs from the entire continent compete in the AFC Champions League, the main Asian club competition.