Ronaldo: Al Akhdoud Star Gives Curious Response on Why He Didn’t Contest for Header in SPL Tie

Ronaldo: Al Akhdoud Star Gives Curious Response on Why He Didn’t Contest for Header in SPL Tie

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at November 27, 2023 at 7:59 AM
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  • Awad Khamis has opened up on his epic aerial duel with Cristiano Ronaldo
  • The pair were involved in an aerial challenge during Al-Nassr's Saudi League clash with Al Akhdoud
  • Ronaldo is regarded by many as a rare specimen due to his incredible athleticism

Al Akhdoud defender Awad Khamis has finally shed light on his decision-making process during the intense aerial challenge with Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League.

During their team's three-nil defeat against the Knights of Najd at Al-Awwal Park, Khamis notably refrained from contesting an aerial ball with Al-Nassr's talisman, creating a standout moment in the game dominated by Ronaldo's remarkable performance.

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Cristiano Ronaldo out-jumped Awad Khamis in Al-Nassr's Saudi League game against Al Akhdoud. Photo credit: @AlNassrFC_EN
Source: Twitter

Clarifying his decision not to engage in the aerial duel with the 38-year-old, Khamis seemingly admitted that even if he had attempted to contest, he believed he wouldn't have secured possession.

Therefore, he opted not to challenge at all.

“I was going to jump with Cristiano Ronaldo, but I said, ‘Guys, leave it alone because even if I jump, I won’t take it,” he explained, as quoted by CristianoXtra.
When quipped about playing against the former Real Madrid goal-scoring machine, the 35-year-old defender said: “If we see Cristiano, our hearts explode. What if we play against him?”

Ronaldo single-handedly sinks Al Akhdoud

Despite Al-Nassr's initial struggles after breaking the deadlock in the first half, Ronaldo showcased his brilliance in the final 15 minutes.

Initially denied a goal due to an offside call, he later doubled the lead with an exceptional strike before sealing the game with a spectacular long-range effort, per GOAL.

For his first goal, Ronaldo exhibited exceptional skill by controlling a lofted pass with a breathtaking first touch before driving the ball home at the near post.

However, his second goal surpassed even that—an astonishing 40-yard strike lofted over a stranded goalkeeper, caught out of position.

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Al-Nassr boss: Why it's impossible to stop Ronaldo

Sports Brief also reported that Al-Nassr manager Luis Castro praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his instrumental role in the team's remarkable performance, hailing him as the driving force behind their dominance.

Ronaldo's impressive brace secured Al-Nassr's victory, overwhelming their opponents despite their resilience.

Castro couldn't hide his admiration post-match, referring to Ronaldo as the "best player" globally, acknowledging the breathtaking display witnessed during the game.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.