Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo made fans laugh with an absurd shot attempt in his Saudi Arabia league debut.
Ronaldo appeared as a starting striker and played 90 minutes in the 2022/23 season Saudi Professional League match between Al Nasr and Al Etipark held at Mrsul Park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 23rd (Korean time).
Ronaldo, who started as a forward striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation in this match, appeared on the Middle East stage wearing the captain’s armband from his debut.
He recorded 41 ball touches and 89 percent pass success rate in 90 minutes. He shot four times, but only had one shot on target.
Ronaldo’s match against Al Etipark was his first official match on the professional stage since he left Manchester United last November due to contract termination, but he failed to show his football star side by showing a disappointing performance.
Rather, the bicycle kick he showed for a long time throughout his career remained a humiliation in this match.
In the 13th minute of the second half, when Ronaldo checked the cross coming up to him, he threw himself to attempt a bicycle kick.
The problem is that Ronaldo only checked the flying ball. 안전놀이터
Ronaldo did not properly confirm that there was a defense behind him, and Ronaldo’s feet hit the back of the defender, not the flying ball.
He recognized the defender at the end and did not kick properly, but if he kicked properly, it was a dangerous scene that could lead to serious injury.
Ronaldo had previously led the team to victory by scoring with a fantastic bicycle kick against Juventus in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2017/18 season at Real Madrid.
However, due to his age and lack of skill, Ronaldo was unable to even attempt the bicycle kick, a gimmick in his Middle East debut.
Ronaldo, who kicked a player rather than a ball with his first bicycle kick in his Saudi debut, is likely to crack the reputation of acrobatic scoring scenes that he has built up so far with this scene.