Clash of titans as Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr renew rivalry

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Cristiano Ronaldo watches after making a goal attempt.

RIYADH, Nov 30: The spotlight is on the Riyadh derby as Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr gear up for a monumental showdown at King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh, in the 15th round of the Roshan Saudi Professional League.

The Riyadh derby, renowned as one of the fiercest Arab derbies, holds a unique allure with significant media and public attention. The match features international stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and his counterparts in Al-Hilal—Sadio Mane, Taliska, and Brozovic, as well as Mitrovic, Ruben Neves, and Moroccan goalkeeper Yacine Yono in the ranks of Al-Nasr.

Regarded as one of the most expensive derbies in the Arab region this season, the market value of players involved in the Al Hilal and Al Nasr clash stands at an impressive 415 million euros, according to Transfer Market.

Al-Hilal takes the lead with a squad worth 233 million euros, surpassing Al-Nasr, whose players boast a total value of 182 million euros. Brazilian Neymar, valued at 50 million euros, claims the title of the most expensive player in the Al Hilal and Al Nasr roster.

Technically, this highly anticipated encounter carries an immense significance in both teams’ pursuit of the league title this season. Al-Hilal currently leads the standings with an undefeated record of 12 wins and 2 draws, accumulating 38 points. Meanwhile, Al-Nasr sits in second place with 34 points, having won 11 matches, drawn 1, and lost 2.

Al-Hilal aims to secure victory and avenge their loss to Al-Nasr in the Arab Championship final. Coach Jorge Haisous’ squad seeks to widen the gap in the Roshen standings, potentially reaching 41 points, thereby maintaining a substantial lead over Al-Nasr.

Al-Hilal boasts the most formidable attacking line in the Roshan League,after 43 goals in 14 rounds, closely followed by Al-Nasr with 39 goals. Additionally, Al-Hilal showcases the strongest defense, conceding only 8 goals, while Al-Nasr ranks fifth with 15 goals against them.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a global football icon, leads the goal-scoring charts with 15 goals, followed by Al Hilal’s Serbian striker Mitrovic with 11 goals and Brazilian forward Malcolm with 9 goals. Al-Nasr received a morale boost with Ronaldo’s return to training, recovering from a neck injury just in time for the highly anticipated derby match.

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