The fireworks and euphoria that greeted Ronaldo's inaugural gala in January stood in stark contrast to Al Nassr's season-ending finish when the Portuguese missed out on Wednesday night's 3-0 victory over Al Fateh. .
Despite signing the five-time Ballon d'Or winner on a two-and-a-half-year deal, estimated to be worth €400m, Al Nassr finished runners-up in the Arabian Pro League without any trophies, although they did qualify for the Asian Champions League as a consolation.
Ronaldo scored 14 goals, including five penalties, but it was a "disappointing season" for the Riyadh club, said Moqbel Al-Zabni, editor-in-chief of the Saudi capital's Al Riyadiah newspaper. "They needed at least one championship."