- Cristiano Ronaldo poleaxed a match steward while warming up for Manchester United’s match on Tuesday.
- During shooting practice before the Champions League tie, a wayward shot from the star knocked the steward down.
- Ronaldo went over to check on her, and later gave her his match shirt as an apology gift.
Cristiano Ronaldo accidentally knocked out a match steward while warming up for Manchester United’s match against BSC Young Boys, then gave her his shirt as an apology.
The 36-year-old hit a thunderous strike just wide of the goal which cannoned into the steward as he limbered up for Tuesday’s Champions League clash in Switzerland.
The unsuspecting steward fell to the ground after being hit the ball and had to be treated by medical staff.
As she lay on the floor with medics surrounding her, Ronaldo then jumped the pitch side barrier to check if she was ok and to apologize for his wayward shot.
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After the match had finished, the United forward then gave the steward his match shirt, which she posed with proudly.
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Though his shooting wasn’t up to scratch in the warm-up, it took Ronaldo just 13 minutes on the night to find the net and put United ahead when he tapped home Bruno Fernandes’ pin-point cross.
The goal was his third in just two games since sealing a sensational return to Old Trafford in August, having netted twice in a 4-1 win over Newcastle United at the weekend.
After Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off 10 minutes before half-time, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was unable to hold on to its lead.
Moumi Ngamaleu levelled for the hosts just after the hour before United’s Jesse Lingard gifted Theoson Siebatcheu the winner in added time with a misplaced pass back to goalkeeper David de Gea.
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Reacting to the defeat, Solskjaer said: “It looked like a well-earned point and a good point in a difficult game.
“When you get the first goal you think you’ve got a great chance, it’s enough to win the game but unfortunately that sending off will always have an impact.”
On Lingard’s mistake, he added: “That happens in a game. That’s football. Up and downs. You’ve got big moments, you’ve got moments that go for you and against you.
“He’ll handle that one, and we’ll handle it.”