Addison Whelan back on a pitch as she celebrates Shelbourne’s league win after getting Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey

Addison Whelan back on a pitch as she celebrates Shelbourne’s league win after getting Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey

Addison Whelan celebrated Shelbourne’s Women’s National League win on the pitch with the squad after a dramatic final day of action.

Shels went into their last game of the season on Saturday two points behind reigning champions Peamount, but were crowned champions after beating Wexford 3-2 as Peamount lost 5-2 to Galway.

For the second time in a matter of days Addison was on a football pitch after the game, but this time she was not being chased by stewards.

A image of the 11-year-old at Tolka Park was shared on Twitter by Shels Photographer Maurice Frazer.

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Addison his jersey after she sprinted onto the Aviva Stadium turf after Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Portugal on Thursday night.

The FAI told the youngster on Friday night that she would not face a €3,000 fine for running onto the pitch.

Explaining how she got on the pitch, Addison told RTE’s Morning Ireland: “I jumped over the barrier because I was in the second row. I jumped over the first row and over the barrier. Then I sprinted onto the pitch but there were security guards running behind me and there were 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 OK?’”

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo gives his shirt to Addison Whelan

Addison’s dad was watching all this unfold from the side of the pitch and was shocked when he saw Ronaldo giving his shirt to his daughter.

She 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.”

Addison, who plays for Shelbourne’s U13s, is also a boxing fan and revealed to FM104: “I box for Corinthians and Katie Taylor was on the phone to me. She said she’s going to do a session with me, a pad session, and I was delighted.”

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