Did Morocco’s En-Nesyri break Ronaldo’s jump record?

A towering header from the 25-year-old and 1.92-metre-tall Youssef En-Nesyri sent a brilliant Morocco to World Cup 2022 semifinals after helping his Atlas Lions beat Portugal 1-0 in Saturday’s quarter-final.

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 12 Dec 2022,
Ronaldo, Youssef En-Nesyri


En-Nesyri’s jump to snatch the winner, raised the expectations of Arab and Moroccan supporters’ expectations who claimed that the Spanish La Liga Sevilla forward broke the record of a previous jump by the 1.85 metre tall Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, Ronaldo, 1.85 metre tall, who was 26 at the time, scored after he rose to 2.93 metre during a game he played for Real Madrid against Manchester United.

In reality, En-Nesyri’s jump in the Morocco’s winner against Portugal measured 2.78 metre and did not surpass Ronaldo's record, according to beIN Sports.

The Atlas Lions became the first Arab and African country to reach the World Cup semifinals by beating Portugal 1-0 on Saturday, likely ending Cristiano Ronaldo's chances of ever winning soccer's biggest prize.

En-Nesyri's goal in the 42nd minute prolonged Morocco's improbable run in Qatar 2022, generating an outpour of pride in the Arab world during the first World Cup to be staged in the Middle East.

Morocco will next face France in the semifinals on Wednesday.

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