The foul artist is back: CR7 scores two goals after 13 years

The foul artist is back: CR7 scores two goals after 13 years

Bayer Leverkusen’s successful coach, Xabi Alonso, was still playing behind him in midfield when Cristiano Ronaldo last scored two free-kick goals in a match. On the sidelines, José Mourinho seemed happy towards the end of the first season in which CR7 was able to show off “his” number on the Real Madrid shirt, but no one was left speechless. Two free-kick goals from the Portuguese, who was then 26 years old, did not cause a sensation at the time.

However, many things have changed since Los Blancos’ 3-1 victory against Villarreal FC on May 15, 2011. Cristiano Ronaldo is now 39 years old, Alonso is now a coach, Mourinho is no longer a coach, and he was able to rejoice for something that the former free kick taker had not achieved in almost 13 years, no longer at Real Madrid, but at Al-Nassr.

The Saudi Professional League’s second-place team has had much to celebrate in recent days, winning its home match against Al-Tai, coached by former Bundesliga professional Laurentiu Reghecampf, 5-1 on Saturday afternoon, when Cristiano Ronaldo played between the 64th and 87th minute, an impeccable hat-trick in the 1st minute.

Mané avoids second hat-trick

On Tuesday night, on the Abha Club field, the highest competitive victory in the history of the Al-Nassr club finally occurred: between the 11th and 42nd minutes, the five-time world footballer again scored three times in the victory by 8-0. This time Sadio Mané avoided a hat-trick and made it 3-0 in the 33rd minute. But two hat-tricks by Cristiano Ronaldo in about 72 hours are worthy of all honor.

Also two free-kick goals in one game (they were the first two goals against Abha Club) after a dry spell that lasted longer than many careers. Once under the wall, once on top.

A man who has achieved it more than 60 times has forgotten the art of free-kick goals in recent years. He has scored two free-kick goals in the same match so far: in 2008 against Stoke City (for Manchester United), in 2009 against FC Zurich and in 2011 against Villarreal (both for Real Madrid). And then he won’t do it again for a long time. But on Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo went back in time again.

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