Ronaldo Tells Referee To Cancel Penalty for Al Nassr During AFC Champions League Tie

Ronaldo Tells Referee To Cancel Penalty for Al Nassr During AFC Champions League Tie

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship in Al-Nassr's tie with Persepolis
  • The Al-Nassr star was seemingly fouled in the box but wanted to have the penalty turned down
  • Ronaldo has been in great form all season, scoring 18 goals in 18 games across all competitions

Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited remarkable sportsmanship during Al-Nassr's penultimate AFC Champions League encounter against Persepolis at Al-Awwal Park on Monday evening.

The veteran forward's Al-Nassr were on the brink of confirming their spot in the knockout phase following four consecutive wins in Asia's premier club competition.

Eager to maintain their flawless record, the Riyadh-based giants, led by the 38-year-old superstar, initiated the game on the offensive.

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Cristiano Ronaldo signalled to the referee not to award a penalty in favour of Al-Nassr. Photo credit: @brfootball/Twitter
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From the onset, the Knights of Najd displayed their aggressive intent, which led to a moment of contention.

Ronaldo, who had scored four goals in his last four outings, received a pass within the box and attempted to navigate his way past defenders.

However, a challenge from a Persepolis player seemed to trip him, prompting the centre referee - in close proximity to the incident - to signal for a penalty in favour of the home team.

Ronaldo tells referee to cancel penalty

Despite the referee's decision, Ronaldo swiftly approached the official, signalling that no foul had occurred. His prompt action prevented the penalty call, talkSPORT reports.

Upon reviewing the replays, it became evident that Ronaldo's assessment was accurate.

According to the BBC, the referee - after verifying the validity of Ronaldo's claim via the VAR - reversed his initial decision, cancelling the penalty in a display of fair play and sportsmanship by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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Ronaldo backed for Ballon d'Or success

Sports Brief also reported on fans taking to social media to shower the veteran with praise after his brace secured a 3-0 win for Al-Nassr against Al-Akhdoud in the Saudi Pro League.

Admirers on X (formerly Twitter) expressed their admiration for his performance on November 24, with one supporter already tipping Ronaldo for the 2024 Ballon d'Or award honours.

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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.