Cristiano Ronaldo recently made his Al-Nassr debut, but didn't score a goal. Now his boss Rudi Garcia has shared how he can get the best out of the star footballer.

Ronaldo captained his new side while making his first appearance in the Saudi Pro League against Al Ettifaq. But he made little impression in a 1-0 win that was secured, courtesy of a solitary strike from Brazilian footballer Anderson Talisca, reported Goal.

Garcia said that his team tried too hard to get Ronaldo into the game at times, with a change of approach needed in order for the Portuguese star to thrive in the Middle East. Talking about how he plans to get Ronaldo firing on all cylinders, Garcia said that it's very important for the players to play normally and "not always try to give the ball to Cristiano." The boss told the team that they need to make the "right choices on the pitch."

He said that obviously when Ronaldo or Talisca are alone and "asking for the ball we need to give them the ball." According to him, these two players are able to make the difference. As for the recent game, he thinks that sometimes they had good positions to cross but "not enough people in the box, and sometimes no Ronaldo and no Talisca." He feels that they need to work on that, to have "one of them in the box and maybe the other playing outside the box.”

Mirror reported that Garcia has warned that it will take Ronaldo time to adapt to life at his new club after he failed to score on his Saudi Pro League debut. The 37-year-old took to the field in the Saudi Pro League on Sunday. After Al-Nassr beat Ettifaq, Ronaldo's team moved to the top of the domestic standings.

Garcia also believed that the former Manchester United star is playing with a smile on his face again. Ronaldo had a tough time at club level with Manchester United. He also ended up in tears after Portugal's early exit during the 2022 World Cup. Garcia said that everyone knows Ronaldo, and that he is one of the best players in the history of football. It’s up to us to make sure we get him in the best condition."

He wants Ronaldo to enjoy playing "here and tonight (Sunday) he was happy to play for the first time.” According to All Football, Al-Nassr has seen its social media following skyrocket since wrapping up a mega-money deal for Ronaldo last month. Ronaldo and his new team will return to action on Thursday night when they clash with Al-Ittihad in the semi-finals of the Saudi Super Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo by: AFP/Karim Jaafar

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