Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his return to Manchester United after 12 years in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle in the English Premier League.
The rejection from the global superstar is a public relations disaster for the Kingdom which is trying to find its feet as it diversifies its economy.
The five-time UEFA Champions League winner (four with Real Madrid, one with Manchester United) led the Portugal national team to win their first-ever major title, the UEFA Euro 2016.
The Portuguese forward's strikes have taken him level with AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic as leading scorer in Serie A with 10 goals.
The two had not faced each other since the the former Real Madrid striker swapped the team for Juventus in 2018.
To the delight of fans, happy to discover some hidden facets of their idols, stars from Karim Benzema to the Brazilian legend Ronaldo and even Rafael Nadal, are dropping their habitual discretion to interact live with their millions of followers.
Trailing by two goals against the Italian team that knocked it out of the competition six months ago, the Spanish side found a way back this time.
Ronaldo made the breakthrough in the 27th minute, levelled the aggregate score three minutes after halftime with another towering header and blasted home the decisive goal from a penalty with four minutes left to seal a 3-2 overall triumph.
Thailand is between a rock and a hard place trying to pick who it is more willing to upset; Bahrain and the GCC or Australia, human rights organisations, and football's governing bodies.
Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit last year in Nevada claiming Christiano Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police also reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request.
Cristiano Ronaldo set up Paulo Dybala's winner in a 1-0 Juventus victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo denies the allegations, calling it "fake news."
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