September 19, 2023 at 4:50 PM
Cristiano Ronaldo's Iran visit thrilled young Iranian dealing with economic challengesHe gave signed jerseys to an Iranian painter Al-Nassr vs Persepolis FC match is behind closed doors due to AFC rules
Cristiano Ronaldo brightened a disabled girl's day with a heartwarming gesture ahead of the match against Persepolis.
Ronaldo and his teammates are gearing up to face the Tehran-based side in their debut AFC Champions League group stage match on Tuesday night, and they've been met with an enthusiastic reception.
Videos shared on social media captured fans eagerly chasing down the road in pursuit of their team's yellow coach, underscoring the intense anticipation surrounding the upcoming fixture.
To ensure the team's and fans' safety, local authorities increased security around the hotel, as fans were seen scaling a nearby mountain to catch a glimpse of the football legend.
In a touching moment, the renowned Iranian painter Fatimah Hamami, celebrated for her exceptional artwork, had the privilege of meeting Ronaldo.
The football superstar not only met her but also presented her with a personally signed jersey.
Who is Fatimah Hamami?
Despite facing an 85% paralysis of her body, Fatimah showcased her remarkable talent in 2020 by creating an extraordinary portrait of Ronaldo using only her feet.
In a video shared by ESPNFC, Fatimah was captured putting the final touches on her awe-inspiring masterpiece.
Ronaldo meets young fan
Ronaldo's acts of kindness continued as he fulfilled a young fan's dream on the eve of the match.
Ronaldo and Al-Nassr made arrangements for the young to come to the team's hotel, allowing him to spend some valuable time together with the Real Madrid legend.
Ronaldo embraced the young boy and posed for a photo. The young fan then mimicked Ronaldo's iconic “Siu” celebration, causing Ronaldo to burst into laughter.
Ronaldo ‘mania' hits Iran
In a related publication, Naijafreshgist reported that Iran was swept up in Ronaldo fever as enthusiastic fans pursued Al-Nassr's team bus and thronged the club's hotel upon the superstar's arrival.
Huge crowds lined the streets and mobbed the bus, hoping to see the 38-year-old ahead of Tuesday's Asian Champions League tie with Persepolis.
This demonstrates that Ronaldo's popularity has expanded even further across Asia following his move to Saudi Arabia in January of this year.