The star forward of the Saudi "Al-Nassr" Cristiano Ronaldo distinguished himself with a noble deed in the match of the 5th round of the group stage of the Asian Champions League with the Iranian "Persepolis".
Already in the second minute of the match, the 38-year-old Portuguese earned a penalty, falling in the opponent's penalty area. The referee did not hesitate and immediately pointed to the 11-meter mark.
However, Cristiano unexpectedly approached the referee and told him that the rules had not been violated against him. After the striker's words, the referee consulted with the video assistant and canceled the penalty.
The Persepolis players appreciated the honesty of the Portuguese and thanked him for the demonstrated fairplay.
After Cristiano Ronaldo won a penalty for Al Nassr, he walked up to the referee and told him that it wasn't a penalty.
Respect! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MsNG4BsDvM
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 27, 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo yerde kaldı, hakem penaltıyı verdi.
Ronaldo, penaltı olmadığını söyledi. VAR incelemesinin ardından penaltı iptal edildi.pic.twitter.com/ZMHmQudZP3
— Sports Digitale (@SportsDigitale) November 27, 2023
Lorsque Cristiano Ronaldo disait à l'arbitre que ce n'était pas un penalty et qu'ils devaient continuer le match.
C'est ça l'esprit sportif
— Actu CR7 (@ActuCR7_) November 28, 2023
The match ended in a 0-0 draw. It should be noted that from the 17th minute, Al-Nassr played in the minority after the removal of central defender Ali Laami.
Ronaldo himself was replaced in the 79th minute. This season, Cristiano has scored 19 checkmates for Al-Nassr in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and providing 9 assists.
Al-Nassr advanced to the playoffs of the Asian Champions League ahead of schedule. Ronaldo's club has scored 13 points in 5 matches in this tournament.
In the championship of Saudi Arabia, the wards of the emergency manager of Shakhtar Donetsk Luis Castro occupy the second position, with 34 points after 14 matches. Al-Nassr is four points behind the leader Al-Hilal, whose colors are defended by Brazilian Neymar.
Recall that Ronaldo moved to Al-Nassr at the end of December last year, signing a contract until the summer of 2025. At the Saudi club, he earns around $200 million per season.
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