Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to see out the full 90 minutes for Al-Nassr in their latest AFC Champions League game, with a neck issue forcing him off.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner did enough during his time on the pitch to ensure that his Saudi Arabian club made their way into the next round of continental competition. A 0-0 draw with Persepolis has seen them progress as winners of Group E.
The sight of Ronaldo having to be replaced in the 78th minute has caused some concern amid Al-Nassr supporters, and the Portuguese’s global fan base, but head coach Luis Castro remains hopeful that the legendary 38-year-old will be ready for the club’s next game.
He told reporters when delivering a fitness update: “The medical team is studying the injury and will do everything to make sure he is ready for the next game.”Ronaldo won more plaudits during his time on the field against Persepolis, with the all-time great advising the match referee to reverse a decision at one stage that had seen him awarded a penalty.
CR7 made the officials aware that he had not been fouled and that no spot-kick should be lined up.