- Ronaldo has been the subject of 11 sending-offs, including seven straight red cards and four for a second yellow card
- But his send-off statistics could have gone worse by one following a bad tackle in a 2009 Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Chelsea
- Referee Howard Webb looked set to flash the red card to the Portugal skipper in the said game but Lampard's great display of class prevented the inevitable
Footage of a great act of sportsmanship demonstrated by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard in an encounter with Cristiano Ronaldo has resurfaced on the internet.
Lampard, Chelsea's all-time top scorer, crossed paths with the Manchester United ace on several occasions during the former's playing days.
Both are still involved in the Premier League with Lampard switching from playing on the turf to the dugout, currently managing Everton while Ronaldo is getting finer with age like old wine at Manchester United.
But a video dated January 2009 between the two Premier League greats has resurfaced, causing a massive stir on social media.
In a video posted on Twitter, sighted by Sports Brief, a late challenge from Ronaldo on Frank Lampard in a Premier League game would have warranted a second yellow card, thus a red card but the ex-England international's reaction prevented Howard Webb from giving Cristiano his marching orders.
The Chelsea legend quickly jumped to his feet, smiled and embraced Ronaldo – seemingly telling Webb not to take any action - after the incident.
Man United ran out 3-0 winners but Ronaldo would have been sent off if it wasn’t for Lampard – and the clip resurfaced this week and is going viral.
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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted he will remain at Manchester United beyond this season after he inspired the Red Devils to a 3-0 thrilling win over Brentford.
There have been claims the five-time Ballon d'Or winner could dump United this summer after spending just one season at Old Trafford in his second spell with the club.
Despite United's struggles this term, the 37-year-old has been the shining light on the team, with his impressive performances earning him praise and admiration from fans.