Cristiano Ronaldo Scores First-Half Hat-Trick As Al-Nassr Win 8-0. Watch


Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick as Al Nassr defeated Abha 8-0 in a Saudi Pro League match at the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium on Tuesday. Apart from scoring three goals, the 39-year-old striker also assisted two and helped his team register an impressive win. His first goal came in the form of a free-kick in the 11th minute of the match. The other two came in the 21st and 42nd minutes respectively. This was the 65th hat-trick of Ronaldo's career and consecutive hat-trick for Al Nassr.

Senegal's star player Sadio Mane also scored a goal in the 33rd minute.

Ronaldo's hat-trick took social media by storm and fans couldn't stop themselves from praising the Portugal captain.

Earlier in March, Saudi Arabia's football governing body suspended Cristiano Ronaldo for one game for a gesture he made on the field the previous weekend, which was deemed “provocative”.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said the Al-Nassr captain and former Porto star was fined a total of 30,000 riyals ($8,000) for the move, which broke rules against inciting the public during a match. The decision cannot be appealed.

Video emerged after his team's 3–2 win against Al-Shabab in which Ronaldo repeatedly gestured towards his waist in response to taunts from the crowd while chanting the name of his long-time rival Lionel Messi. Are seen doing.

The content quickly went viral and reached the top of Saudi social media trending topics.

Sports newspaper Al-Riyadiya reported that Ronaldo said he respected all football clubs and that the gesture expressed “strength and victory” – not offense – and is considered acceptable in Europe.

The 39-year-old, a five-time UEFA Champions League winner, was the first major star to move to the kingdom by agreeing a deal with Al-Nassr in January 2023.

(with AFP input)

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