Cristiano Ronaldo was the center of attention during Al-Nassr’s 1-0 loss to Al-Ittihad in their Saudi Professional League title clash.
Al-Nassr appeared to hold on to a 0-0 draw at home to their title rivals, but a late goal from Romarinho saw Al-Ittihad – managed by former Tottenham Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo – take the points to usurp them. the top of the table.
Ronaldo has scored eight goals in seven matches in the Saudi Professional League since moving to the Middle East this winter, and while clips of his goals went viral, so was his reaction to Thursday’s defeat.
After their victory over Al-Nassr, Al-Ittihad uploaded a video to Twitter showing their striker dealing with their star player along with the caption, “Where’s Ronaldo?”.
But Ronaldo was mocked even during the match. A crowd of more than 57,000 people were present at King Abdullah Sports City to cheer on the federation, with videos showing fans chanting Lionel Messi’s name to Ronaldo’s displeasure.
At full time, Ronaldo walked off the field in anger and frustration, shooting a water bottle over the touchline and tossing the captain’s armband over his hand on his way back to the dressing room.
This was the second consecutive match in which Ronaldo He failed to score for Al-Nassr, who now face an uphill battle to win the Saudi Professional League with five matches remaining.