The Portuguese coach Nuno Espírito Santo was crowned Saudi Arabia football champion this Saturday with Al Ittihad, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr with no chance in the triumph (3-0) over Al Feiha, in the 29th and penultimate journey. Ronaldo in an unprecedented feat, but in the negative.
In the field of the 12th place in the competition, a ‘bis’ by the Brazilian Romarinho, at 45+1 and 86 minutes, after Sharahili opened the scoring, at three, confirmed Al Ittihad’s title, the ninth in its history, the first since 2008/09. Cristiano Ronaldo completed the second consecutive year without winning any title, something that had never happened in his career.
With just one round to play, the team from Espírito Santo, which had already won the Super Cup, is five points clear at the top of the Saudi league and can no longer be reached by the main pursuer, Al Nassr, who drew at Al Ettifaq (1-1), with Ronaldo in white.
The Portuguese striker ends the season without any title won in his first experience in Saudi Arabia, after starting the season in England, at Manchester United.
AL Khaleej, from Pedro Emanuel, drew 0-0 at Al Raed and leaves for the last round with the possibility of being relegated.
The Portuguese coach’s team, which includes compatriots Pedro Amaral and Fábio Martins, remains in 14th and third from last position with 28 points, the same as Al Adalah, 15th and already in the relegation zone.