Female steward knocked out by Cristiano Ronaldo’s wayward warm-up shot thought she was DEAD before Manchester United star comforted her… but reveals sight of iconic No 7 made her headache vanishCristiano Ronaldo hit an unsuspecting steward with a wayward shot on TuesdayRonaldo was warming up ahead of Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat at Young BoysMarisa Nobile was stricken on the floor after being struck by Ronaldo’s effort Nobile said she was in ‘great pain’ but that disappeared after Ronaldo saw her By Luke Augustus for MailOnline
Published: 04:52 EDT, 16 September 2021 | Updated: 06:13 EDT, 16 September 2021
The female steward who was struck by Cristiano Ronaldo’s wayward shot before Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat at Young Boys thought she was dead before the Portuguese superstar told her otherwise.
During the warm-up prior to kick-off, Ronaldo fired a shot just wide of the goal as he limbered up for the Champions League clash in Switzerland.
However, as the ball whistled past the goal it smacked the head of Marisa Nobile – knocking the unsuspecting steward to the ground.
Marisa Nobile thought she was dead after being struck on the head by Cristiano Ronaldo’s wayward shot – however, the Portuguese star did apologise and gave her his shirt post-match
Ronaldo accidentally KO’d Nobile, a match steward, while warming up on Tuesday evening
Ronaldo’s shot cannoned into the unsuspecting steward standing behind the goal
He fired a shot just wide of goal as he limbered up for Manchester United’s clash at Young Boys
An apologetic Ronaldo jumped over the barrier to check on the welfare of the stricken steward as she received medical attention. At the end of the match too, the 36-year-old handed her his worn jersey.
And speaking about the incident for the first-time, Nobile has revealed that she initially feared the worst before those concerns were allayed by the iconic No 7.
‘When the ball hit me on my head it was a full strike!’ she told Blick TV.
‘I was gone in my head and went to the ground. Afterwards I saw Ronaldo above me! Me: “Oh my god no, did I die?”
‘Ronaldo said: “No, no. Excuse me! What’s happening? Are you all right?”
‘I was in great pain. My God. I was more or less ballaballa! But then I saw Ronaldo and the headache was gone.’
The 36-year-old reassured her that she would be fine and her headache soon vanished
The Portugal star jumped over the barrier to check on the welfare of the stricken Nobile
Despite that wayward shot, Ronaldo did manage to find his shooting boots later as he fired United in front against Young Boys in the 13th minute.
However, by full time he and his team-mates were the ones dealing with a headache after suffering a surprise defeat.
United were reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dangerous challenge on Christopher Martins earned the defender a straight red card.
They still looked on set to take a point after Cameroon winger Moumi Ngamaleu’s equaliser in the 66th minute.
But a 95th-minute howler by substitute Jesse Lingard – who had replaced Ronaldo with 18 minutes left – allowed Jordan Siebatcheu to score the winner.
Ronaldo, who became the joint all-time Champions League appearance holder by making his 177th appearance, and Co will be looking to return to winning ways on Sunday when they host West Ham in the Premier League.
Ronaldo scored on his Champions League return for United but it ended up in a losing cause