- Shamser Khalid
Ronaldo Shows New Addition to Sui Celebration
In a thrilling comeback victory, Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his remarkable skills and celebrated in style as Al Nassr battled back from a 2-0 deficit to keep their title hopes alive in the Saudi Pro League. The Portuguese superstar sealed the win with a stunning goal in the 59th minute, followed by a Sujud bow and his signature Siiuuu celebration.
Ronaldo's Sujud bow, a prostration to Allah facing the qiblah (direction of the Kabba at Mecca), displayed his deep faith and respect. Following that, he delighted fans with his customary Siiuuu celebration, which has become synonymous with his incredible achievements on the field.
The Riyadh derby held immense significance for both teams, as Al Nassr desperately needed a victory to maintain their title aspirations. If Al Nassr had lost, league leaders Al-Ittihad, who had secured a 1-0 win over Al-Batin earlier, would have been crowned champions with just two games remaining in the season.
Highlights of the Match
The match started in favor of Al-Ittihad, with Cristian Guanca converting a penalty in the 24th minute after Luiz Gustavo was penalized for a handball. Guanca doubled their advantage in the 40th minute, putting Al Nassr under immense pressure. However, just before halftime, Talisca managed to reduce the deficit, giving his team a glimmer of hope.
The second half witnessed a remarkable turnaround for Al Nassr. Winger Abdulrahman Ghareeb leveled the score in the 51st minute, capitalizing on a defensive lapse to slot the ball home from close range. But it was Cristiano Ronaldo who stole the show with an extraordinary display of skill and finesse.
In the 59th minute, Ronaldo showcased his speed and agility, evading two defenders before curling a magnificent shot into the top corner from the edge of the area. It was his 14th goal since joining Al Nassr after the World Cup, and it turned the tide in their favor.
After the match, Ronaldo expressed his joy and praised the team's resilience. "To be 2-0 down is very difficult, but we believed until the end and scored three goals, so congratulations to the team and the supporters who were amazing today," the former Real Madrid star said.
Despite their impressive victory, Al Nassr still trails leaders Al-Ittihad by three points with two games remaining. Al-Ittihad secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Al Batin on Tuesday night, maintaining their position at the top of the standings. Now, Al Nassr must rely on Al-Ittihad slipping up in at least one of their remaining matches to have a chance at claiming the title.
In the final stretch of the season, Al Nassr will face 12th-place Al Feiha and eighth-place Al-Ta'ee, while Ronaldo and his teammates will also take on 10th-place Ettifaq before their final showdown against Al Fateh. The upcoming matches are crucial, and Al Nassr will need to maintain their winning form and hope for a twist of fate if they are to lift the Saudi Pro League trophy.
Fans around the world eagerly await the outcome of the remaining matches, as Cristiano Ronaldo continues to mesmerize with his extraordinary skills and unyielding determination to succeed. The stage is set for a thrilling climax to the season, and only time will tell who will emerge as the champions of Saudi Arabian football.