CRISTIANO RONALDO hugged a young fan and signed his shirt after he managed to dodge security to approach the Manchester United star.
The supporter escaped the clutches of security guards and hugged Ronaldo, who was making his way onto the team bus in Moldova from the hotel ahead of the Europa League game with Sheriff last Thursday.
Ronaldo, 37, demanded a pen before taking the child closer to the bus to sign his United shirt.
And fans have praised Ronaldo for taking the time to give the young fan a lifelong memory.
One Tweeted: “My GOAT is special and treats people.”
Another said: “A father first and then an absolute legend right after.”
The Man Utd ace, who has cut a frustrated figure on Erik ten Hag‘s bench this term, went on to score against Sheriff from the penalty spot to open his account for the season.
And it could help kick-start his season – something boss Ten Hag is hoping for.
ten Hag admitted after the game Ronaldo “needed the goal”.
Speaking to MUTV, he said: “Ronaldo needed that goal. Many times he came close [in the season so far], but he wanted that so much.
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“We are happy for him, and the team wanted to bring him a goal. You know that Cristiano will score a penalty.”
The goal comes after a summer of uncertainty on his future at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo communicated his desire to leave United after they failed to qualify for the Champions League last season, finishing sixth in the Premier League.
However, the club were determined to keep the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has a contract until next summer.
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, tried to engineer moves to a number of clubs competing in the Champions League.
But his efforts fell short and there were no credible suitors before the September deadline.