In a remarkable display of sportsmanship, Cristiano Ronaldo urged the referee to reverse a penalty decision awarded to Al Nassr during their AFC Champions League match against Persepolis. Widely recognized as one of the most prolific goal-scorers, Ronaldo surprised the online community with his selfless gesture on Monday. Despite his team, Al-Nassr, facing Persepolis in a crucial Asian Champions League encounter, Ronaldo convinced the referee to overturn the penalty decision initially given when he went down in the penalty box.
Although Al Nassr’s appeal for a penalty was initially denied when Ronaldo appeared to be tripped in the visitors’ area, the Portuguese forward admitted to the referee that there was no foul. The official, after consulting VAR, decided to cancel the penalty in light of Ronaldo’s honesty. Persepolis, a two-time runner-up, had a goal disallowed at the beginning of the second half, and Ronaldo, later making a sharp turn inside the Persepolis penalty area, saw his low shot miss the target.
During the early stages of the second half, Nassr’s captain, aged 38, seemed to sustain a neck injury when Beiranvand landed on him while claiming a high ball. Ronaldo, showing signs of discomfort, was substituted in the 77th minute.
Looking ahead, Nassr is set to face arch-rivals Al Hilal in a highly anticipated top-of-the-table clash in the Saudi Pro League on Friday.