Watch Cristiano Ronaldo score his first free-kick in THREE YEARS from 30 yards to spark Al Nassr’s incredible comeback win
CRISTIANO RONALDO scored his first free-kick in THREE YEARS to inspire Al-Nassr to a crucial comeback win.
The Portuguese’s knuckleball technique became well known during his early days at Manchester United.
His Old Trafford free-kick against Portsmouth was particularly memorable, but his dead-ball skills have waned in recent seasons.
The day before yesterday he scored his last free-kick goal while playing for Juventus in July 2020.
Ronaldo, then wearing a topknot, fired a free-kick into the back net in Juve’s 4-1 win over local rivals Torino.
It would be his only free-kick goal during his time in Italy.
He finally broke his duck yesterday, and he chose an opportune moment to do it.
Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr was 1-0 at home behind Abha in the 78th minute when they won a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
Undeterred by his lack of set-piece successes in recent years, Ronaldo stood above it in his typical stance.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner duly hammered his shot into the net.
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He didn’t seem like a man to take his last payday as he celebrated his decisive equalizer passionately – screaming in excitement and raising his fists at the crowd.
Abha was reduced to ten men just two minutes later and Anderson Talisca completed Al-Nassr’s comeback in the 86th minute.
The win kept Al-Nassr within a point of leaders Al-Ittihad at the top of the Saudi Pro League.
Ronaldo’s title rivals are managed by ex-Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo – and they continued their glittering run yesterday with a 5-1 win at Al Fateh.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7668340/cristiano-ronaldo-free-kick-al-nassr/ Watch Cristiano Ronaldo score his first free-kick in THREE YEARS from 30 yards to spark Al Nassr’s incredible comeback win