Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane have forged the most unlikely of bromances and talkSPORT is all for it.
The world’s most famous player has been at Al Nassr since January and has already proven himself as the club’s star attraction due to his global status.
Following a huge summer in the transfer market, he’s now been joined by another world-renowned star in Mane who arrived from Bayern Munich.
Despite only playing together for a couple of months, the duo have already struck quite a friendship.
Ronaldo and Mane are Al Nassr’s primary attacking outlets, with the two players regularly combining on the pitch.
The connection on the ball is clear, but the relationship off it really shines through as the duo smile and hug each other on a regular basis while celebrating their efforts.
One particular clip shows a particularly enthusiastic embrace, while another shows their playful side.
During a 4-0 win over Al-Shabab, Ronaldo was seen shouting instructions to his teammates from the sidelines, which Mane found funny. The Senegal international then stood up and pushed his new pal closer to the technical area, which Ronaldo giggled at as he realised the bench found his enthusiasm amusing.
“Love their chemistry,” one fan commented on X, formerly known as Twitter. Another joked “It’s the bromance we didn’t know we needed.”
Another clip, which has circulated online shows the pair celebrating, with Mane seemingly asking Ronaldo to kiss him on the head and the captain happily obliging.
And this all may surprise people given their respective Premier League allegiances.
Mane is mostly associated with being a key part of Liverpool’s Premier League winning side and has Merseyside running through his veins, while Ronaldo is a Man United legend.
The 38-year-old enjoyed two spells at Old Trafford where he scored 145 goals, including three against Liverpool.
The duo, though, do appear to be markedly different people too.
Mane is renowned for being private in terms of his family life, while Ronaldo has historically had a more extroverted reputation with more than 600million followers on Instagram alone.
Mane has previously discussed the topic of flashiness in his fellow professionals, saying: “I don’t want to give the impression that I’m a very critical person, but it’s true that there are values in football that irritate me a little compared to the upbringing I had.
“But instead of criticising, I prefer to distance myself. The main thing is not to change, and I believe I didn’t. For a boy who comes from a small town, it’s a great victory.”
Asked if he’d like to life a life like Ronaldo or Neymar, he laughed “No! I follow them on social networks and that’s enough.
“I love the incredible life they lead, but I don’t think it’s for me.”
But despite those off-field difference, on the pitch the pair are combining wonderfully for Al Nassr.
This term, Ronaldo has bagged six goals and five assists in just five appearances, while Mane has already scored five goals in six appearances.
While Al Nassr are still a little way off the pace in the Saudi Pro League title race, it isn’t because of their attacking efforts with the club boasting the joint-highest goal tally in the league this term.
With both stars being the model professional in terms of nutrition, fitness and conditioning, Al Nassr will be confident that the pair can inspire them to glory this season.
Plus with a bromance in bloom, the sky could be the limit the team nicknamed The Global Club.