Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his first trophy since joining Al-Nassr, despite leaving the match on a stretcher after suffering an injury blow.
Al-Nassr came from behind against Al-Hilal to win the Arab Club Champions Cup, thanks to two goals from the Portuguese superstar, but his night was almost overshadowed by a late injury that saw him exit the match.
With five minutes left of the game, Ronaldo went down clutching his left thigh and was unable to complete the rest of the final. He left the game on a motorised stretcher, looking in some distress, giving the Saudi side some huge concerns over their talisman.
However, the 38-year-old was able to join in the team’s celebrations on winning the trophy, the first piece of silverware Ronaldo has tasted since his move to the middle east.
Al-Hilal took the early advantage in the tie, as Brazilan midfielder Michael opened the scoring five minutes after half time, before Ronaldo took over proceedings. He first, equalised for Al-Nassr fifteen minutes from the end, before thinking he’d settled the contest with a late goal that was ruled out for offside.
Instead, the game went into extra time, but still Ronaldo had the last word. Heading home the winner in the first half of the extended period to secure the trophy for his team.
The goals saw the Portuguese icon become the tournaments top scorer with six goals, as he secured his first trophy since joining the club in January.
Al-Nassr will now hope there is no long-term repercussions of the injury that forced Ronaldo out of the game before the end.
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