Five time Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday scored his first goal for Al Nassr, converting from the spot in the second half stoppage time leading to a 2-2 draw with Al Fateh.
The Portuguese international, who had earlier in the game missed from point blank as he skied one over an empty goal, slotted from 12 yards out in the third minute of added time.
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With his goal, Ronaldo has now scored for 22 years in a row. The goal also marked a second occasion of the visiting team nullifying the home team’s one goal cushion. In the first half, Al Fateh had taken lead through Cristian Tello in the 12th minute. A lead that stood for 30 minutes as Talisca levelled with three minutes plus added time left in half time. Sofiane Bendebka scored a second for Al Fateh 13 minutes into the second half.
Ronaldo, who had completed a move to the Saudi club after parting ways with Manchester United during the 2022 World Cup, had been scrutinized last week as Al Nassr lost 3-1 to Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Super Cup semifinal.
After the match, Al Nassr manager Rudi Garcia put some blame on that gilt edged chance by Ronaldo as one of the reasons for losing the match. “One of the things that changed the course of the match was Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed opportunity in the first half,” he said.
To add to Ronaldo’s misery, a video of Al-Ittihad fans surfaced on the internet in which they can be heard chanting Ronaldo’s long-time rival Lionel Messi’s name as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed a chance to win first trophy in Saudi Arabia.
They chanted ‘Messi, Messi, Messi…’ as Ronaldo was walking back to the team dressing room.