5 Times Cristiano Ronaldo Helped His Side to Comeback Wins as Al Nassr Face Elimination

5 Times Cristiano Ronaldo Helped His Side to Comeback Wins as Al Nassr Face Elimination

Martin Moses
updated at March 11, 2024 at 8:10 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr are on the verge of elimination from the AFC Champions League
  • Ronaldo has vowed to overturn the 1-0 deficit and send his side through to the semi-finals
  • We look at the times the multiple Ballon d'Or winner singlehandedly stepped up for his team

Cristiano Ronaldo has been clear and categorical on his objective ahead of Al-Nassr's second-leg clash against Al-Ain on March 11.

The Portuguese icon has insisted that he will do everything in his power to ensure that they overturn a 1-0 deficit and qualify for the AFC Champions League semi-finals.

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Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during Al-Nassr's first-leg clash against Al-Ain on March 4. Photo by Waleed Zein.
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"Ready to turn this around. Insha'Allah," he said on his X account ahead of the Riyadh showdown.

If his CV and past performances are anything to go by, Al-Ain need to be wary of Ronaldo's statement and ability to singlehandedly drag his side to the last four.

When Ronaldo won games for his team

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is one of the most 'clutch' players in history, often stepping up when needed most to power his side to victories or valuable points. Sports Brief looks at the five times he has come through for his team at a time of need as he seeks to do so again in the Middle East.

5. Portugal vs Spain - 2018 World Cup

Portugal began their World Cup campaign in Russia with a stern test against 2010 champions Spain. Ronaldo faced a majority of the players he either played with at Real Madrid or lined up against in La Liga.

He set the ball rolling with a penalty before Diego Costa fired back for La Roja. Ronaldo restored Portugal's lead just before the break.

After half-time, Spain exerted their dominance in the proceedings, with Costa getting his second of the night before Nacho Fernandez scored one of the best goals of the tournament.

With Portugal seemingly done and dusted, Ronaldo took an 87th-minute freekick, sending it past David de Gea to earn his side a point.

4. Portugal vs Sweden - 2014 World Cup qualification

Portugal were on the brink of missing out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Standing in their way was a Swedish side powered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who, at that time, was at the peak of his powers.

In the double-legged play-off, Ronaldo gave Portugal a first-leg advantage, scoring in the 82nd minute. In the second-leg, he doubled Portugal's advantage before Ibrahimovic responded with a quickfire brace to turn the game on its head.

Ronaldo would, however, complete a hattrick away in Sweden to ensure his side were in Brazil for the summer tournament.

3. Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid - 2017 Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the first-leg in Germany, but Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich refused to bow out. In the return leg at the Bernabeu, Robert Lewandowski's penalty and a Sergio Ramos' own goal in between another Ronaldo goal forced the game into extra-time.

Ronaldo then blew the Bavarians away in extra time, scoring twice to complete a hattrick. Los Blancos went on to win their second successive Champions League title that season.

2. Wolfsburg vs Real Madrid -2016 Champions League

A season earlier, Wolfsburg were on the verge of recording one of the greatest shocks in Champions League history. The German side raced to a 2-0 first-leg win.

With a semi-final berth at stake, Ronaldo scored thrice in Spain to power Zinedine Zidane's side through.

1. Juventus vs Atletico Madrid - 2019 Champions League

Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid thought they had finally gotten the better of a Ronaldo-led team when they beat Juventus 2-0 in the first-leg at Wanda Metropolitano.

Simeone celebrated viciously with a gesture towards his crotch. Ronaldo gestured to the press after the game that the Rojiblancos still had to come to Turin.

The father of five scored a memorable hattrick to send Siemone's side crashing out.

Ronaldo hits post with free kick

Sports Brief also reported how Ronaldo struck his trademark free kick against Al-Raed.

His effort, however, hit the post, compounding his woes on a day Al-Nassr lost 3-1.

Al-Nassr are currently 12 points behind Al-Hilal in the title race.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)