Ronaldo’s Saudi Arabian Cloak Sparks Comparison With Lionel Messi’s FIFA World Cup Final Attire

Ronaldo’s Saudi Arabian Cloak Sparks Comparison With Lionel Messi’s FIFA World Cup Final Attire

Ero Samson
September 23, 2023 at 7:51 PM
  • The comparison between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rages on
  • Both football icons recently donned a traditional Middle Eastern cloak
  • Fans have now drawn comparisons between the garb worn by the duo

Al-Nassr captain, Cristiano Ronaldo has stolen the spotlight once again - not for his goal-scoring prowess but for his activities off the field.

The Portuguese icon recently headlined the club’s video shoot in celebration of Saudi Arabia National Day.

Ronaldo, Al Nassr, Sadio Mane, Messi, Argentina, FIFA World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo sporting the Bisht cloak, much like Lionel Messi, has sparked reactions from fans. Image:
Source: Twitter

Ronaldo, who has changed the footballing landscape in the Middle East, was featured donning a bisht cloak in Al-Nassr's video celebrating the Arabic nation.

The video posted by the Riyadh-based club on social media has sparked loads of reactions and comparisons between the Portuguese star and Lionel Messi.

Mixed reactions trailed the cloaking of the Argentine star with the Bisht, with many claiming it was the Qatari hierarchy’s intentional act to overshadow the World Cup victory and present the host nation more favourably.

Gary Lineker, representing the BBC, as quoted by Eurosport, was disappointed by the decision and commented:

"This is a magic moment, seems a shame in a way that they’ve covered up Messi in his Argentina shirt."

Fans compare Ronaldo’s garment to Messi’s

This time around, the Saudi Arabian garment worn by Ronaldo has generated mixed reactions.

@cristiano7The commented:

"brother Ronaldo looks real"

@KlaasFCB was unimpressed:

"What in the world are you doing with my GOAT?"

@KelinKVE went the banter route:

"Giving Warrior vibes😭😭 Ronaldo and the Yellow Knights"

@GodEyezz also commented:

"idolo too funny 😭 Saudi turn Goat to jumong"

@shdhshsh1234 responded to a comment from a Messi fan:

"You have a right to cry"

@lapposky reacted:

"Messi 💯"

@captain_parblo trolled Ronaldo about his outfit:

"Man got a sword instead of WC."

@iknowfootyball posted:

"Is bro wearing the world cup winning thing? The one Messi wore? Wow 😆"

@nbaBigDawg commented:

"Give my man influence D'or 💀"

Ronaldo performs Saudi traditional dance

Sports Brief also reported on Ronaldo showcasing his appreciation for Saudi culture by performing a traditional dance after scoring two goals for Al-Nassr in their Saudi Pro League match against Al-Shabab.

The Portuguese veteran and club captain, who has been in excellent goal-scoring form since the start of the new season, played a pivotal role in the Knights of Najd's dominant win at home at Al-Awwal Park.

Following his accurate penalty kick, Ronaldo momentarily set aside his signature 'Siuuu' celebration and other newer styles in favour of showcasing Saudi Arabian culture - by displaying his dancing skills.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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