Cristiano Ronaldo Resorts to Strange Antics After Being Taunted with ‘Messi’ Chants

Cristiano Ronaldo Resorts to Strange Antics After Being Taunted with ‘Messi’ Chants

Rene Otinga
updated at February 26, 2024 at 9:22 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo was on point again for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League
  • The superstar was subjected to more ‘Messi’ chants from opposition fans
  • He responded with a controversial gesture after his team secured the win

Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly lost his cool during Al-Nassr’s game against Al-Shabab as he hit back at opposition fans with a bizarre gesture on Sunday evening.

The Portuguese superstar was on target with his second goal of 2024 as his side claimed a crucial 3-2 Saudi Pro League win at the Al-Shabab Club Stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the first goal for Al-Nassr during their SPL tie with Al-Shabab at the Al-Shabab Club Stadium on February 25.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the first goal for Al-Nassr during their SPL tie with Al-Shabab at the Al-Shabab Club Stadium on February 25. Photo by Yasser Bakhsh.
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Ronaldo had to endure another hostile away environment as Al-Shabab fans kept taunting him using the name of his eternal rival, Lionel Messi.

Chants of ‘Messi, Messi’ could be heard in the stadium for large parts of the game, with CR7 waiting patiently for the right moment to hit back.

It eventually came as Al-Nassr's Anderson Talisca struck in the 86th minute to give his side a 3-2 lead. That goal proved to be the winner.

At full-time, Ronaldo decided he would get his revenge, and videos captured him channelling his inner Diego Simeone with a seemingly inappropriate gesture towards the home fans as he ran off to celebrate his teammate’s goal.

This is not the first time Ronaldo has reacted after being taunted using Messi’s name.

Earlier in February, the Real Madrid legend courted controversy after appearing to rub a rival’s scarf on his crotch before discarding it.

This happened after Al-Nassr suffered a 2-0 defeat to Al-Hilal in the Riyadh Season Cup, per GOAL.

Ronaldo continues goal-scoring form

Despite his controversial antics, there is no denying Ronaldo’s goal-scoring abilities at the age of 39.

As reported by Marca, he gave his side the lead in the 21st minute from the penalty spot, taking his career tally to 877 goals.

Ronaldo is also one victory away from making it 800 career wins.

Sadio Mane heatedly complains to Ronaldo

Sports Brief also reported on a curious incident that saw Sadio Mane complain to Cristiano Ronaldo during the game against Al-Shabab.

It is unclear what the ex-Liverpool star was furious about, but he seemed to have disagreed with some decisions made in the first half.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.