Cristiano Ronaldo begged the referee not to award him a penalty in Al-Nassr's match against Persepolis, despite the official pointing to the spot.

In the early moments of the AFC Champions League match in Riyadh, Ronaldo was taken down in the Persepolis box. Chinese referee Ma Ning promptly pointed to the spot, but the Portuguese star protested with the Persepolis teammates, pointing his finger at the official and told him it was not a penalty. Ning then looked back over the situation and decided to change his mind.


Ronaldo's sportsmanship helped keep the score equal in the Champions League encounter against the Iranian team. The game isn't essential for the Riyadh club because they are top of Group E with 12 points, while Persepolis is second and five points behind them.


Ronaldo and his Al-Nassr teammates will attempt to generate more opportunities and earn three points against Persepolis, a task made more harder when Ali Lajami was sent off with a straight red card after only 17 minutes.



Despite the official pointing to the spot, Cristiano Ronaldo urged the referee not to award him a penalty in Al-Nassr's match versus Persepolis.