Tuesday, July 16, 2024

“It’s Not a PK” and ‘Declaring Conscience’

Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nasr)’s declaration of conscience is a hot topic.

Ronaldo, who plays for Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia, scored in the first minute of the first half in the 5th match of Group E of the 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) against Persepolis (Iran) held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 28th (Korean time). He created a scene where he gave up the opportunity to take a penalty kick.

Ronaldo fell after colliding with an opposing defender while trying to catch the ball in the penalty box. The referee immediately declared a penalty kick. However, Ronaldo approached the referee and raised his index finger and waved it left and right, saying it was not a penalty kick. The referee also reflected this and canceled the penalty kick after conducting VAR.

If you look at the slow footage, Ronaldo slightly collides with the defender, but there are points where it is difficult to see it as a foul. He also appears to be moving his foot in and out, so it would be difficult to give him a penalty kick. Ronaldo was also aware of this.

Ronaldo is a player with a lot of action in the penalty box, so much so that he was criticized as a ‘diver’ in the past. His greed when it comes to scoring is so strong that he is well known for making somewhat exaggerated moves to win penalty kicks. However, this time, Ronaldo is attracting attention with his uncharacteristic ‘declaration of conscience’. Major foreign media, including the British public broadcaster BBC, are paying attention to Ronaldo’s fair play.

In general, it is not uncommon for a player who has been awarded a penalty kick to object to the decision and give up. Although it is a scene that can be seen occasionally, it is true that it is difficult to expect from a character like Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, born in 1985 and in the final years of his career, continues to perform well in Saudi Arabia. He scored 15 goals in the league and three in the ACL.

He also has good team performance. On this day, Al Nasr drew 0-0 with Persepolis. Al Nasr, who added 1 point, secured first place in the group and advanced to the round of 16. Al Nasr is also in second place in the league.

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