Credit: Twitter

Credit: Twitter

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest footballers of all time, was spotted in an Arab dress, filming for the Saudi National Day ceremony. The Portuguese footballing star, who joined the Saudi club Al-Nassr at the turn of the year, has embraced the unique culture and traditional fashion of the country, bringing the winds of change in the sporting landscape worldwide.

Saudi National Day, a public holiday in the Middle Eastern country, is celebrated annually on September 23. It is to commemorate the unification of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to create modern-day Saudi Arabia in 1932.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website reads, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates its national day on the first day of September 23rd of each year to commemorate the unification of the Kingdom and its founding at the hands of His Majesty King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud, may Allah have mercy on him.”

With celebrations of the Saudi National Day upon us, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo has been roped in, to add to the prestige of the festivities. The 38-year-old wearing the “Keffiyeh,” the traditional headscarf for men in the Middle East, is a symbol of how Saudi Arabia has forged ahead as a nation in recent years.

Notably, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has also taken part in the Saudi Founding Day festivities earlier this year, on February 22. He donned the authentic daglah robe, a traditional robe used on formal occasions, to celebrate, on February 22nd of each year, the forming of the first Saudi state in 1727 under Imam Muhammad bin Saud.