Ali Albulayhi Trolls Cristiano Ronaldo As Al Hilal Beat Al Nassr in Riyadh Derby, Video

Ali Albulayhi Trolls Cristiano Ronaldo As Al Hilal Beat Al Nassr in Riyadh Derby, Video

Byron Pillay
updated at December 2, 2023 at 9:31 AM
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  • Al-Hilal beat Al-Nassr in the Riyadh derby to extend their lead at the top of the Saudi Pro League
  • Ali Albulayhi got in the face of Cristiano Ronaldo during the game before trolling the Al-Nassr star
  • The Saudi Arabian defender also argued with Lionel Messi during the recent FIFA World Cup

What’s better than beating your rival? Rubbing their face in it afterwards, of course.

That’s precisely what Al-Hilal’s Ali Albulayhi did after his side beat Al-Nassr in the Riyadh derby.

Al Albulayhi trolling Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ali Albulayhi squared up to Cristiano Ronaldo before trolling the Al-Nassr captain after the game. Image: Khalid Alhaj/ Michael Regan.
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As noted by Sports Illustrated, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic opened the scoring before Aleksandar Mitrovic grabbed two late goals to give Al-Hilal a 3-0 win.

That wasn’t the biggest talking point during the game, as Albulayhi took that honour. The defender was spotted squaring up to Cristiano Ronaldo during the match, getting in the face of the Portuguese superstar.

Ronaldo didn’t give the defender the satisfaction of reacting to his taunts, but Albulayhi was done with him.

Albulayhi trolls Ronaldo after the game

With Al-Hilal picking up a big win, Albulayhi continued to taunt the Al-Nassr captain after the game.

The defender was spotted walking around the field, pretending to look for the former Manchester United star.

Albulayhi picked a fight with Messi

Albulayhi is no stranger to getting in the face of football’s biggest stars. The Saudi Arabian star also squared up to Lionel Messi during the FIFA World Cup, during a game that Saudi Arabia won.

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Luis Castro protests Ronaldo's disallowed goal

Sports Brief also reported that Al-Nassr manager Luis Castro employed an unconventional strategy to dispute Cristiano Ronaldo's disallowed goal against Al-Hilal during the Riyadh Derby.

After Sadio Mane delivered a precise cross to Ronaldo, resulting in a left-footed equalizer, the assistant referee flagged it as offside, abruptly halting the celebration.

Seeking to contest the decision, Castro approached the referee, arguing against the offside call, vouching for Ronaldo's positioning during the goal-scoring play.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.