Cristiano Ronaldo admits penalty error to referee after winning controversial call for Al Nassr against Persepolis

Cristiano Ronaldo is 38 years old but he cannot be considered ‘finished’ at all. His impact at Al Nassr this season continues to push to team towards great success. Cristiano Ronaldo recently sends crowd into frenzy with 40-yard Puskas Award worthy goal in the 3-0 win over Al Akhdoud.

His exploits in the Al Akhdoud game included a lobbed goal from 40 yards away, but Ronaldo has not stopped there. He has also been a worthy ambassador of the team, showing sportsmanship every chance he gets. His recent display of sportsmanship was in the game against Persepolis, where he rejected a wrongly awarded penalty.

Cristiano Ronaldo corrects referee on penalty call

Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited a rather strange but kind gesture and sportsmanship in the second minute of the Al Nassr versus Persepolis match. During that Asian Champions League game, Cristiano Ronaldo found himself in possession of the ball. Following what seemed like a collision with a defender, the Portuguese player went down, prompting the referee to award a penalty amid persistent protests from the Persepolis players.

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Unexpectedly, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Al Nassr captain, rose from the ground and approached the referee, openly acknowledging that the incident did not warrant a penalty. This unprecedented gesture added a unique twist to the match, showcasing sportsmanship and fair play on the part of the renowned player.

The referee had already called for a penalty, hence it took more than Cristiano Ronaldo’s good gesture of sportsmanship to overturn the referee’s decision. The match official had to consult the VAR to indeed ascertain Ronaldo’s penalty cancellation plea.

In doing this, Cristiano Ronaldo portrayed an image that has been scarcely seen before in the world of football. While instances of sportsmanship exist, Ronaldo’s admission on the field, directly challenging a referee’s decision, is a noteworthy departure from the norm.

Rio Ferdinand reveals Cristiano Ronaldo’s life in Saudi Arabia

Cristiano Ronaldo and Rio Ferdinand, once Manchester United players, recently met at the mega-crossover fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou in October, and the pair talked about life for Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia.

In December 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo made a significant move to the Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr as a free agent. This decision followed the conclusion of his second spell with Manchester United, which had been marked by a turbulent ending involving a fallout with Erik ten Hag, the manager, and a candid interview with Piers Morgan just before the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Discussing the life of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Saudi Arabia, Ferdinand commented in the recent episode of his talk show saying, “He told me his family is happy, is being taken care of, enjoying life out there and not missing anything back in England or however it was before. He’s playing football, he’s scoring goals. You see him on the pitch he’s happy.”

The Portuguese endured some rough patches close to his Manchester United departure, but now he enjoys a sterling form for Al Nassr where he claims his family is happy to be at.


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