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Cristiano Ronaldo receives rave reviews after gifting Sadio Mane penalty in Saudi Kings Cup

Fans and media have commended Cristiano Ronaldo for his selfless act during Al-Nassr’s Saudi Kings Cup semi-final against Al Khaleej.

The 39-year-old, often criticized for being self-centered, surprised many by passing the penalty-taking duty to teammate Sadio Mane, prioritizing team success over personal accolades.


Despite being the designated penalty taker, Ronaldo allowed Mane to take the spot-kick in the 37th minute, as reported by SportsMax.

Mane confidently converted the penalty, furthering Al-Nassr’s lead with a composed finish following Ronaldo’s initial goal from a spectacular volley.

Although Ronaldo didn’t secure a hat-trick, GOAL notes that he scored again in the second half as Al-Nassr defeated Khaleej 3-1, securing a spot in the King’s Cup final.

Ronaldo’s decision to give Mane the penalty has earned widespread praise on social media, with fans and pundits lauding his humility and team-first mentality, revealing a different aspect of the esteemed striker’s character.

@RMD_Kenny appeared to aim a subtle dig at critics of Ronaldo:

“I hope they can see this now oo.”

@lalitoespos7 towed a similar path as @RMD_Kenny:

“Selfish player, they said.”

@A5604549948, on the other hand, chose to count the number of times Ronaldo had gifted penalties to his teammates:

“In Al Nassr only: Gifted penalty to Talisca, Gifted penalty to Ghareeb and Gifted penalty to Mane.”

@obris100 eulogised CR7:

“The man is chasing 900-1000 goals but still can give away goal scoring opportunities like this. Truly admirable.”

@thekinganthony8 wrote:

“Giving him confidence, just like he did with Benzema. Best sportsman in history.”

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