Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 2-1 comeback victory over neighboring Saudi team Al-Hilal on Saturday to lead 10-man Al Nassr to their first-ever Arab Club Champions Cup victory.
After joining Al Nassr, the Saudi Pro League runners-up, Ronaldo did not win a trophy the previous year, but the 38-year-old scored six goals in the competition to end as its top scorer and win the championship.
The competition featured teams from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria in addition to the top Arab clubs in the region.
Goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais denied close season additions Sadio Mane, Seko Fofana, and Marcelo Brozovic in the first half, depriving the star-studded Al-Nassr team of numerous scoring opportunities.
Six minutes into the second half of the match at King Fahd Sports City stadium, Al-Hilal’s Malcom crossed the ball and found fellow Brazilian Michael, who gave his team the lead with a free header.
The 27-year-old even performed the Ronaldo goal celebration as he went to the corner flag and sprang into the air to add salt to their wounds.
As a result, Ronaldo, the captain of Portugal, scored for the fifth straight game in the 74th minute when he connected with a low cross from right back Sultan Al-Ghannam.
Despite having a defender for Al Nassr, Abdulelah Al-Amri, sent off in the second half and Nawaf Boushal being given his marching orders while still on the bench for disagreeing with a referee, they managed to hold on to force extra time.
When the goalie was off his line, Ronaldo pounced on a rebound off the crossbar and headed in to extend the lead in the first half of extra time.
But only two days before their Saudi Pro League debut against Al-Ettifaq, Ronaldo was taken off the pitch with what appeared to be an injury following a collision in the second overtime.