Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo’s heated reaction to Lionel Messi chants from Al-Nassr rivals before storming off pitch

In a crucial match, Al-Nassr faced off against their rivals Al-Ittihad, who were managed by Nuno Espirito Santo. Despite Al-Nassr being one of the top two teams in the Saudi League, they struggled to create any real opportunities against their title rivals.

Al-Ittihad was the better team on the night as Al-Nassr struggled to create any real opportunities. And that is how the game panned out as Al-Ittihad scored in the 80th minute through Romarinho and got the win.

Why was Cristiano Ronaldo so frustrated?

Al-Nassr’s attack which includes their superstar forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, was left frustrated by the Al-Ittihad defense and failed to have an impact on the game, extending his goalless streak to two games. He made a good start to life in Saudi Arabia with multiple goal contributions early on but failed to get more than 1 shot on target against Al-Ittihad.

The Portuguese Star had moved to Saudi Arabia following a public fallout with Manchester United, after his infamous interview with Piers Morgan where he criticized the club and even the manager Erik Ten Hag. Manchester United was forced to let him go and end this fairy-tale reunion. He then went ahead and signed a record $200m per year deal with Al-Nassr.

How did Cristiano Ronaldo react to the Messi chants?

Cristiano was already enduring a frustrating night and then it got worse as fans in the crowd started chanting his long-time arch-nemesis Lionel Messi’s name. Ronaldo look back at the crowd with a puzzled look for a moment but took his focus back on the game once the ball was 

After the match, CR7 was visibly upset and got caught on camera showing it. He was walking off with his head down and almost stormed off the field. He came back and applauded the fans for their support before heading back. He kicked off a couple of water bottles and refused to let his teammates console him.

Al-Ittihad currently stands 1 point ahead of Al-Nassr and has boarded the driving seat for the title fight. Some Al-Nassr fans have seemingly turned on Ronaldo, believing that the team’s performance has worsened since his arrival.

Syed Niaz Mohtasim

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Syed Niaz Mohtasim is a part of the Content Writing team at SportsZion. A sports lover from a very early age, he is an avid follower of football (soccer), F1 and WWE. Niaz is a Liverpool fan and his favorite F1 driver is Sebastien Vettel.


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