Jack Hendry reveals he settled scores with Cristiano Ronaldo and swapped shirts with the Al Nasr star in the Middle East
The Scottish defender currently plays for Al-Attifaq in the Saudi Professional League, managed by Steven Gerrard, and has lined up alongside the likes of Celtic hero Moussa Dembélé after cashing in on the move . Al Nasr got into a row with the Real Madrid icon during a match between the two clubs last month before Al Nasr scored against the Kings after extra time with Sadio Mane The goal in the cup match resulted in a 1-0 win and went viral.
Towards the end of the second half of normal time, Hendry and Ronaldo were fighting for the ball when the two began to grab and pull each other. The Portugal striker was the first to break free of the ball before the referee’s whistle, with his arms in the air, and the video has been viewed more than 234,000 times on social media.
Now, speaking to the BBC ahead of Scotland’s final Euro 2024 qualifiers against Georgia and Norway, Hendry has admitted he has made peace with CR7 over his move to Saudi Arabia. “It’s great to play against these types of guys,” he said.
“Ronaldo, obviously one of the best players in the world, it’s amazing what he’s achieved. It’s always a pleasure to play against him and test yourself and have those battles. It was great to talk to him after the game and exchange shirts Okay. I’ll save it for later!
“I think if you look at the level of players, the league will continue to evolve. As they look towards the 2034 World Cup, I think there will be a real drive to improve the game. I’m sure that will be the case very soon. One of the strongest leagues in the world.”