Cristiano Ronaldo, who is known to be greedy to score among goaltenders, was spotted making a “conscience declaration” to the referee, saying, “It’s not a penalty kick.”
Ronaldo’s team Al-Nasr (Saudi Arabia) drew without a goal against Persepolis (Iran) in Group E of the 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 28th (Korea time).
Two minutes into the game, Ronaldo had a chance to score.
Ronaldo, who was placed inside the penalty box, stretched out his feet as the ball flowed in front of him after a battle, and in the process, he was blocked by Persepolis’ Sorosie Raffaei, who attempted a tackle.
At first glance, Ronaldo seems to have lost his balance as a late tackle came in at a time when Ronaldo already owned the ball. The referee did not hesitate to declare a penalty kick.
However, Ronaldo, who jumped to his feet, walked toward the referee and waved his index finger vigorously, showing his intention that it was not a violation. 메이저 토토사이트
Ronaldo approached the referee through the protesting Persepolis players and repeatedly shook his fingers and head to convey his message.
In the end, the referee went on video reading (VAR), and in the end, the final decision was made that it was not a penalty kick.
Ronaldo, who has the record of the most goals scored (128 goals) in the A-match, is also a representative goal scorer in the history of soccer, with the total number of goals including his team and national team exceeding 800.
It is well known for its tendency to finish directly without conceding various scoring opportunities, including penalties, but on this day, it was unusual to return the penalty, acknowledging that there was no foul at all.
Spanish media Marca also shed light on the scene of the “conscience declaration,” saying, “It was hard to find this for Ronaldo before.”
Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in the regular league this season, leading the goal tally in the Saudi professional soccer league.
Al-Nasr (4 wins, 1 draw, 13 points), who added one point despite the bad news that Ali Rajami was sent off 17 minutes after the start of the game, confirmed his advance to the round of 16 along with the first place in Group E.
With one game left, the team widened its gap with Persepolis (2 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 8 points) in the group.
In the ACL, which will compete in 10 groups, the top spot in each group will be the first to come to the round of 16 and the rest of the teams that will join the round of 16 among the second-ranked teams in the group will be determined.
Ronaldo, who played only in Europe but moved to Asia after joining Al-Nasr at the end of last year, made it to the round of 16 from his first ACL.
Al-Nasr (11 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses, 34 points) ranked second in the league behind Al-Hilal (12 wins, 2 draws, 38 points).