Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest Al-Nassr game yet to be officiated by Mateu Lahoz - the notorious referee that left Lionel Messi FUMING at 2022 World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing for his biggest Al-Nassr game yet as they take on Al-Ittihad, with Mateu Lahoz set to officiate the superclassico.
  • Lahoz to referee huge Saudi clash
  • Showed 15 yellow cards in World Cup quarter-final
  • Has controversial history with Ronaldo and Messi

WHAT HAPPENED? A report from Spanish outlet AS has claimed that controversial referee Mateu Lahoz is set to be appointed as the official for Al-Nassr's huge game against Al-Ittihad - a fixture that could prove decisive in the race to win the Saudi Pro League.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Having started incredibly brightly at Al-Nassr, bagging eight times in six games for his new club thus far, Ronaldo is gearing up for undoubtedly his most important match yet in the Middle East. Al-Nassr sit just two points above fellow giants Al-Ittihad in the league table with both having played 19 games, making their meeting on Thursday all the more crucial in the title race.

AND WHAT'S MORE: News that Lahoz will take charge of the game adds another intriguing layer. The Spanish referee has developed a notorious reputation through the years and was subject to heavy criticism from Ronaldo's long-time rival Lionel Messi after he dished out the most yellow cards in a World Cup game ever during Argentina's quarter-final against the Netherlands at the 2022 tournament.

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The 48-year-old has also faced accusations in the Spanish media of bias towards Real Madrid - Ronaldo's former club - and is also said to be a fan of Los Blancos. Some reports have even described Lahoz and Ronaldo as 'friends', but it remains to be seen whether he will have a big impact on the latter's latest outing in the Saudi Pro League.


Messi Mateu Lahoz

Mateu Lahoz

Mateu Lahoz refereeing

WHAT NEXT? All eyes will be on the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to produce a moment of magic for Al-Nassr against Al-Ittihad and propel them one step closer to the Saudi Pro League title.