Lionel Messi’s former coach Christophe Galtier has shared his opinion on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr ahead of facing the Saudi Pro League club in the AFC Champions League.
Galtier is currently in charge of Qatari club Al-Duhail, who will face Al-Nassr on Tuesday, October 24. He was previously in charge of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), where he managed superstars like Lionel Messi, Kylian. Mbappé, and Neymar.
Al-Alami entered the competition having won both of their opening AFC Champions League games.
In their most recent match in the Saudi Pro League, Luis Castro’s side defeated Damaq 2-1. Ronaldo and Anderson Tališka each scored free-kick goals to complete the comeback victory. Speaking about Al-Nassr’s form, Galtier said ahead of the AFC Champions League game (via Al-Nassr Zone):
“I watched the last match of Al Nassr and of course we saw the goals of Cristiano and Talisca, so the first thing we need to do is avoid mistakes in close areas and defend well.”
Speaking further about Al-Nassar’s offensive capability, he said:
“Al-Nassr’s offensive line is terrific, and their players can make the difference with any shot.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored one goal in two AFC Champions League matches so far. His total for the season is 12 goals and six assists in 12 matches in all competitions.
When Lionel Messi made a surprising confession about his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo
Over the past 15 years, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been the two top footballers in the world. During their time in La Liga, they came face to face on numerous occasions and produced some of the best football the world has ever seen.
Messi once admitted that Ronaldo annoyed him and that he enjoyed playing against the Portuguese forward. The comments came after Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Juventus. Messi said in 2019 (via Juve FC):
“Playing against them was fun, even if they gave me trouble. It irritated me to see Real Madrid lift trophies.”
“I wish he was still in Spain, but I have a lot of respect for Juventus. They seem to be a very strong team with excellent players, and now even stronger with Cristiano.
The comments highlight that despite having a fierce rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi had the utmost respect for his counterpart. Ronaldo also admitted that they pushed each other to their limits to get ahead.