Cristiano Ronaldo scored plenty of free-kicks in his youth, but has left a lot to be desired with his attempts in recent years, until his thunderous finish for Al-Nassr.
Cristiano Ronaldo thundered in a free-kick for Al-Nassr
Cristiano Ronaldo “made the years roll by” and fired a long-range free kick for Al-Nassr on Saturday.
The 38-year-old’s team were trailing 1-0 against AƄha in the Saudi Pro League when he stepped up to take a 40-yard free kick, standing above it all in his trademark stance.
Many would not have expected much from such a range given Ronaldo’s lack of joy of late on set pieces. But the striker channeled his first spell at Manchester United and scored a marvelous goal to equalise.
Ronaldo used his famous knuckleball technique to fire the shot past the wall and into the bottom left corner. The goalkeeper couldn’t match the spectacular effort, leaving the fifth Ballon d’Or winner to celebrate euphatically.
It was reminiscent of the Portuguese star’s many free kicks from early in his career, including famous ones for United against Arsenal and Portsouth. And, unsurprisingly, fans couldn’t contain their glee at him when they talked about the trailer on social media.
He stepped forward from 40 yards
They all flew past the wall and into the net.
One Twitter user wrote: “Cristiano Ronaldo from 35+ yards, passing the years, what a free kick.”
Another fan tweeted: “It’s like watching an old Ronaldo free kick cop. my goat still has it.
A third commented: “HOLY SHIT WHAT A FREE KICKKKKKKKKKKKKK OHMYYYYYYYDAYYYYYYYSSS.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was a specialist in set pieces in his youth.
And a fourth added: “The biggest there is. The biggest there was. The greatest that has ever existed will be”.
The goal marked Ronaldo’s ninth goal for Al-Nassr in just eight matches. It comes despite his minor frustrations earlier in the week during the King’s Cup quarterfinal clash of Champions with AƄha, where he threw a tantrum at halftime and kicked everything and kicked a water bottle. .