Cristiano Ronaldo was in action for Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League on Saturday, 16th of September after the International break.
The Manchester United and Real Madrid legend led Al Nassr to a 3-1 victory over Al Raed at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.
The triumph was made possible by goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane, and Anderson Talisca. The former Real Madrid forward secured his sixth goal of the year, but it was his out-of-pitch free kick that fell on the spotlights.
The former Juventus frontman has always bagged some significant freekick goals but this time his thunderbolt strike missed target and flew in the direction of the cameraman.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been enjoying life in the Middle East since his move from Manchester United following his second-place finish in the league last season and has already secured his first silverware with the club this season.
Supporters of the Riyadh outfit have been overjoyed with the Portugal captain’s arrival since his time at the elite European football level is now over.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was known as a free-kick expert early in his outstanding career but has found scoring from set pieces so hard to get in recent years.
Cristiano Ronaldo left the camera person holding on to his precious life as an off-field free kick knocked him in the head.
The cameraman was filmed staggering backward and almost falling over before another technician behind the goalpost came to help.
As the cameraman scrambled to his feet after being struck, the ball cannoned off his head and far into the stands, demonstrating how hard he has been hit.
Gonzalez locks his leg to stop Sadio Mane giving Al Nassr a free kick directly in front of the Al Raed area.
Although Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t aim a free kick at the cameraman, but it went wide. Despite the squandered chance, Ronaldo scored shortly thereafter.
Mane secured a goal in the 45th minute of play against the flow of the match to seize control of the game in the second half, Castro was substituted for Anderson Talisca, and the change was successful because in the 49th minute, the Brazilian scored a beautiful goal, firing into the top corner from 30 yards out.
Many opportunities fell Cristiano Ronaldo’s way before he finally scored in the 78th minute. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Al Nassr captain skillfully nutmegged Al Raed defender and finished the play by finding the bottom corner, putting his team up by three goals.
Following the Ronaldo-inspired win, Al Nassr have moved up to the sixth position in the Saudi Professional League table, raking in 12 points from their first six league matches since the start of the new season.
What’s next for Al Nassr?
Al Nassr will be back in action on Tuesday, 18th of September in the AFC Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo can probably help them secure some silverware in that competition.