Morocco’s En-Nesyri was about 15 centimeters less than equalling the record set by Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2013 when he jumped 2.93 meters for Real Madrid against Manchester United.
Morocco’s En Nesyri seized the confusion between Diogo Jota and Portuguese goalkeeper Diogo Costa, pierced inside, and jumped into the air to take a spectacular header, winning the game for Morocco.
The Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo was inches away from losing twice with the same goal, once with Portugal and twice because that jump was a mere 15 centimeters away from equalling Ronaldo’s record.
Luckily, Ronaldo retains the record he created in 2013 after jumping to a height of 2.93 meters for Real Madrid in their game against his former club Manchester United.
Youssef En-Nesyri nearly breaks Ronaldo’s record for highest jumping header
One source from the media channel Indian Express described the event,
“The height of Morocco’s ambition could be measured in the leap of Youssef-en-Neysri for their game-defining goal … Neysri craned every cell of his neck, strained every muscle of his face, reached as far as he could, and hung for a split second in the air to find the perfect placement. As Neysri collected the ball from the nets still shaking in the power of his header and kicked the ball into ether, the fans, a sea of red, as if the stands had grown heads and hands, jumped out of their seats and leapt in the air, hugging and kissing whoever was in the proximity of their arms.”
Back in the 2018 edition of the global tournament, En-Nesyri had another famous header against European giants Spain, where he absolutely towered the Spanish defenders to head-butt the ball excellently into the net.
“Bullet header by En-Nesyri,” the commentator screamed that fateful night. “Absolute delirium among the Moroccans”
German icon, Jurgen Klinsmann, had commented in the BBC newsletter that, “Youssef En-Nesyri – well, I’m not sure anyone can jump as high as him. He looked like Michael Jordan!”