Cristiano Ronaldo gives thanks to Allah after scoring crucial goal for Al Nassr

Ronaldo did sujud bow after scoring a goal

Cristiano Ronaldo gives thanks to Allah after scoring crucial goal for Al Nassr

Asukwo Oduo 18:40 - 24.05.2023

Former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo did the sujud bow after scoring to keep his side in the title race.

Ronaldo, 38 switched allegiance from Old Trafford to join Al Nassr in the Saudi Arabian league in January 2023.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was the matchwinner for his side in their game against Al Shabab despite going two goals down. 

A Cristian Guanca brace had put Al Shabab in firm control of the game before Anderson Talisca and Abdulrahman Abdullah Ghareeb drew Al Nassr level.

However, former Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo provided Ronaldo with an assist, and the ex-Juventus frontman buried the chance spectacularly in the 59th minute.

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Ronaldo celebrates in style 

Ronaldo |
Ronaldo is the captain of Al Nassr

Cristiano Ronaldo is well-known to always mark scoring a goal by doing his trademark siiuuu celebration.

However, after scoring in the Riyadh derby, the Portuguese captain decided to do a sujud bow and thank Allah. 

A sujud is done by bowing low or prostrating to Allah and facing the qiblah (direction of the Kabba at Mecca).

Ronaldo’s celebrations must have excited fans of the Al Nassr club and his followers worldwide who hold Allah in high esteem.  

After doing the sujud bow, Ronaldo added his favourite celebration style - the siiuuu celebration.  

Ronaldo siiuuu celebration |
Ronaldo does his trademark siiuuu celebration

How important was Ronaldo’s goal?

Al Nassr is three points behind league leaders Al-Ittihad and there are only two round of matches remaining in Saudi top flight.

A loss at home against Al Shabab will all but have ended Al Nassr hopes of a league title, handing it over to Al-Ittihad.

The crucial goal by the 38-year-old has kept Al Nassr within touching distance of the league leaders.    

It was Ronaldo’s 14th league goal of the season. He said, 

“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.”

"Great team spirit to come back and win it! Big thank you to the fans that stood with us when we most needed ! 🙌🏻 💛💙" he wrote on Instagram.