Al-Nassr midfielder, Luiz Gustavo has admitted that teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo makes matches more difficult for Rudi Garcia’s side because opponents seek to participate against him in the best possible way.
Gustavo said this after Al-Nassr’s 2-2 draw against Al-Fateh in a Saudi Pro League tie on Friday night.
While Ronaldo's arrival was a cause of excitement for fans in the Middle East, the forward struggled to hit the ground running. It took him three competitive games to net his first goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo moved away from European football for the first time by joining Al-Nassr on a free transfer last month. He is now the highest-paid footballer in the world as he earns £173 million a year in Saudi Arabia.
“Certainly, the presence of Ronaldo makes matches more difficult for us as all teams seek to participate against him in the best possible way, and he gives motivation to everyone,” Gustavo said [via RT Arabic].
However, he also revealed the positive side for Ronaldo’s presence in the club.
He added, “His presence at Al-Nassr gives a great advantage to the group because we learn from him every day, given the great capabilities he possesses, both technically and physically.”