Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 2-1 victory over fellow Saudi team Al Hilal in extra time on Saturday at the King Fahd Stadium to earn his first trophy with Al Nassr and the club’s 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.
Six minutes into the second half, Al Hilal’s Malcom crossed the ball and found fellow Brazilian Michael, who gave his team the lead with a free header. Until that point, the game remained scoreless.
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.