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Cristiano Ronaldo came to the aid of a young girl ( Image: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo)

Addison Whelan, 11, jumped the barrier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Thursday night and dodged two security guards as she sprinted towards Cristiano Ronaldo

According to a report by Mirror, Cristiano Ronaldo came to the aid of a young girl who was desperate to meet her hero following Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Portugal.

Addison Whelan, 11, jumped the barrier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin after the final whistle on Thursday night and dodged two security guards as she sprinted towards Ronaldo.

She caught the attention of the Manchester United striker who instructed security guards to stand down before having a chat with the youngster and handing her his shirt.

Addison, who plays for Shelbourne’s Under-13s, recalled the unlikely interaction with Ronaldo on Friday.

Speaking on RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland, Addison explained: “I jumped over the barrier because I was in the second row. I jumped over the first row and over the barrier.

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“Then I sprinted onto the pitch, but there were security guards running behind me and there was another two coming from the other corner so I just kept sprinting.

“When I saw the other two coming from the other corner I ran more towards the halfway line so then I could swerve around them, but then they caught me.

“Then I was just screaming Ronaldo’s name. He turned around and he saw me and he was telling them to leave me.

“So then I was calling him over. He came over to me. I was just in shock and crying and I was like ‘Can I have your jersey? Please, please. I’m a big, huge fan’. He was saying ‘Are you okay?’”

After checking up on Addison, Ronaldo handed the young girl his shirt and she was finally escorted off the pitch.

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The 11-year-old added: “When my dad saw him taking off the shirt, my dad’s face was just in shock.

“I was like ‘Oh my God, this is it, this is my dream, it’s finally coming true’. That was probably his last time playing in Ireland.

“He [Ronaldo] said I appreciate that and everything.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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