Cristiano Ronaldo asked referee to sign hat-trick ball after scoring four goals

Cristiano Ronaldo took the bizarre and unusual step of asking the referee to sign his matchball after scoring four goals for Al Nassr.

Ronaldo put his slow start to life in Saudi Arabia behind him on Thursday as he scored all of Al Nassr's goals in their 4-0 rout over Al Wehda. The Manchester United legend opened the scoring with an arrowed finish before doubling the home side's lead with a similar effort from the opposite side of the box.

After making it 3-0 from the spot just after half-time, Ronaldo capitalised on an error from Al Wehda goalkeeper Abdulquddus Atiah to bag the fourth and final goal of a complete performance.

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As is customary when scoring a hat-trick, Ronaldo retrieved the matchball after the game to take it home – but not before asking the referee to sign it.

The Portuguese star presented the referee with the ball, which he duly signed with his pen. The pair then enjoyed a quick handshake and a picture before Ronaldo gave the ball to one of his minders and walked off the pitch.

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Needless to say, fans loved Ronaldo's act of sportsmanship. One wrote: "This is why ronaldo is the goat." Someone else said: "Ronaldo let the referee autographed his match Ball. Legend, GOAT."

Others, however, were slightly more critical. "This is a farce," lamented a disappointed social media user. As another fan joked: "Dude is wise, now this ref will give him more penalties."

Ronaldo may have scored four goals on Thursday evening, but it was the first one that would have been most important to him. The strike marked the 500th league goal of a remarkable career that is now in its 21st season.

The 38-year-old has scored goals wherever he has been, from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United and Real Madrid to Juventus. Al Nassr fans will be hoping he can continue his hot streak when they take on Al Taawoun next Friday.


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