“He Thinks He Is Messi,” Ronaldo Mocked by Fans After Failed Attempt at Dribbling

“He Thinks He Is Messi,” Ronaldo Mocked by Fans After Failed Attempt at Dribbling

Martin Moses
updated at April 26, 2023 at 8:31 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been at the centre of criticism as Al-Nassr continues to post poor results
  • Ronaldo's team were bundled out of the King's Cup on April 24 by Al-Wehda
  • The Portuguese striker attempted to get past an opponent, but his dribbling tactics backfired

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a difficult week in Saudi Arabia, with his Al-Nassr side currently going through a rough patch of form.

It started with a goalless draw against Al Feiha, which cost Head Coach Rudi Garcia his job. The interim coach Dinko Jeličić could do nothing as an Odion Ighalo brace condemned his side to a 2-0 loss to Al-Hilal.

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Cristiano Ronaldo fouls an opponent during their game against Al-Hilal on April 18. Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE.
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It then went from bad to worse as Al-Nassr were dumped out of the King's Cup in the quarterfinals stage by Al Wehda on April 24. Ronaldo's frustrations have been visible throughout the games, with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner openly ranting at the technical bench.

He was also involved in a feisty incident when he arm-locked an Al-Hilal player for which he was booked by Premier League referee Michael Oliver. Oliver had been invited over to oversee the top clash.

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Against Al Wehda, the Portuguese icon struggled to conjure something up, but his confidence took a hit when he rammed the ball on the crossbar from just 8 yards out.

Ronaldo's dribbling

Another instance saw him make a feeble attempt at dribbling before he was easily dispossessed, leaving him on the turf in a heap of embarrassment. For all his successes over the years, the 38-year-old has never been known for his prowess in dribbling and fans were quick to jump on the online video, with many comparing him to his arch-rival Lionel Messi.

Fans reactions

@Kapoa_kapo said:

"This made my day. Hilarious The higher centre of,ity, the lower the stability."

@Nwachinchi said:

"You can’t cheat nature, Mehn"

Its Mr Geoffrey tweeted:

"C boy, just retire"

Ronaldo urged to retire

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that football fans took to social media to call on Cristiano Ronaldo to consider retiring from professional football following Al-Nassr's shock exit from the Saudi King Cup on Monday night.

Ronaldo and his Al-Nassr teammates suffered another setback in their recent run of games, losing narrowly to Al Wehda in the semifinal of the competition.

He got agonizingly close to clawing his side back from the jaws of defeat, but his efforts failed to land the expected results as Jean-David Beauguel's first-half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)