Cristiano Ronaldo has embraced Saudi culture since moving to the Al-Nassr football club in Saudi Arabia at the close of 2022. Cristiano Ronaldo has consistently shown his remarkable ability to shine on the pitch and integrate into the local culture.
Ronaldo’s gestures, such as wearing a traditional thobe to commemorate the kingdom’s founding day, have not gone unnoticed. Such acts of embracing Saudi traditions exemplify why the legendary footballer continues to capture hearts beyond his athletic prowess. For many, adjusting to a novel cultural environment can be an uphill task, but Ronaldo seems to have seamlessly transitioned, making the Saudi traditions a part of his identity.
Learning the Language
The challenges of relocating include mastering a new language. Yet, Ronaldo, in his characteristic determination, has made strides in this too. In a recent clip shared by Al-Nassr on X, the platform previously known as Twitter, Ronaldo confidently greets his fans in Arabic, saying, “Salam Alaikum,” with his signature smile. This warm gesture has resonated deeply with the Arab community, further cementing his status as a beloved figure in the region.
It’s not just Ronaldo who’s been picking up Arabic. A recent video showcased his daughter echoing her father’s sentiments, speaking in Arabic and reflecting the family’s collective effort to immerse themselves in Saudi culture.
Ronaldo’s Saudi journey isn’t just about cultural immersion. On the pitch, he continues to dazzle. A testament to this is Al-Nassr’s recent victory in the Arab Club Champions Cup, where they emerged victorious against Al-Hilal in a thrilling 2-1 finish during extra time. Ronaldo’s contribution is undeniable, having netted an impressive 14 goals in just 21 appearances for the club.