Cristiano Ronaldo won his first trophy with Al-Nassr despite having to leave the game on a stretcher due to an injury.
Al-Nassr came from behind to win the Arab Club Champions Cup against Al-Hilal, due to two goals from the Portuguese superstar, but his night was almost eclipsed by a late injury that forced him to leave the game.
With five minutes remaining in the game, Ronaldo collapsed clutching his left thigh and was unable to finish the game.
He exited the game on a motorised stretcher, clearly distressed, giving the Saudis major worry about their star.
However, the 38-year-old was able to join the team’s celebrations after winning the trophy, his first piece of silverware since moving to the Middle East.
Al-Hilal took an early lead in the match, with Brazilian player Michael scoring five minutes after halftime before Ronaldo took control.
He first equalized for Al-Nassr fifteen minutes from time, then thought he’d won the game with a late goal that was called out for offside.
Instead, the game proceeded into overtime, but Ronaldo had the final say.
Heading home the game-winning goal in the first half of the extra time to earn the trophy for his club.
With six goals, the Portuguese legend became the tournament’s leading scorer, as he won his first trophy since joining the club in January.
Al-Nassr will now hope that the injury that forced Ronaldo out of the game before the finish has no long-term consequences.