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Josh O'Brien

Cristiano Ronaldo forced to watch Al-Nassr from stands as he gets first look at new team

Cristiano Ronaldo watched Al-Nassr's 2-0 victory over Al-Ta'ee from the stands as he serves a ban for an incident that occurred while he was still at Manchester United.

The 37-year-old was expected to finally don the yellow and blue shirt of his new side on Friday, but instead, the wait continues as he remains banned after slapping the hand of young Everton fan Jacob Harding as he stormed down the tunnel at Goodison Park, damaging the boy's phone in the process.

Harding's hand was also damaged and hurt by Ronaldo according to the young fan's mother, Sarah Kelly and after an investigation by the FA, he was fined £50,000 and handed a two-game ban on November 23 - just a day after the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's contract was terminated by the Red Devils.

Despite the fact that Ronaldo has since moved abroad and is operating in a new league, the ban remains and Friday's fixture is the first of two Al Nassr contests he'll miss out on as a result of the altercation nine months ago.

In turn, the former Real Madrid man watched his new team-mates in action from the club's VIP box - only after the game was delayed by a quarter of an hour due to heavy rainfall.

In fact, the clash was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, but after the rain caused significant damage to the electrical set-up at Al-Nassr's Mrsool Park it was put back a day later.

Cristiano Ronaldo watched Al Nassr cruise to a 2-0 victory on Friday (AFP via Getty Images)

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Though the ban he is serving ruled Ronaldo out of the routine win, he would have been unable to play regardless as, as things currently stand, Al Nassr still need to shift one of their other foreign players to ensure they can register the forward and remain within the rules of the Saudi Pro League's foreign player quota.

It is widely believed that the earliest Ronaldo can possibly make his debut is the clash against Ettifaq on January 21.

While some fans have worried it could come even later than that due to the issue surrounding the foreign player debacle, ironically it is his old side United that may come to the rescue in regard to that particular issue.

The Red Devils are on the prowl for a new striker and one name that is rumoured to be on their shortlist is that of Al Nassr forward Vincent Aboubakar.

Were the Cameroon international to up sticks and move to Old Trafford, it would in turn free up a foreign player vacancy within Al Nassr's squad that Ronaldo would duly fill.

Anticipation is certainly growing among the Al Nassr faithful as the day Ronaldo finally lines up for them edges closer.

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