Cristiano Ronaldo: Footage Shows Fan Taunted Al Nassr Star With Crude Gesture Before CR7 Reacted

Cristiano Ronaldo: Footage Shows Fan Taunted Al Nassr Star With Crude Gesture Before CR7 Reacted

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at February 28, 2024 at 7:17 AM
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  • Al-Nassr superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, is in hot water
  • He made a crude gesture during his side's SPL game
  • But new footage shows he could have been provoked

Cristiano Ronaldo has found himself embroiled in controversy following his conduct during Al-Nassr's hard-fought win against Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League.

The veteran initially broke the deadlock from the penalty spot, marking a significant milestone for his Saudi club - their 800th goal in the nation's top flight league.

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Al-Nassr's Cristiano Ronaldo may have been provoked into making an obscene gesture towards Al-Shabab fans in a Saudi Pro League game. Photos by Yasser Bakhsh.
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However, his team conceded just before half-time. Despite Anderson Talisca restoring the lead after the break, Al-Shabab managed to equalise again.

Later on, though, the Brazilian's late goal secured victory for Ronaldo's side, Arab News reports.

Ronaldo's obscene gesture towards fans

Despite the triumph, the 39-year-old's behaviour towards the home fans has drawn criticism.

A video circulating online shows Ronaldo reacting to chants of Lionel Messi's name from the crowd.

His response involved gesturing at his private area, which appeared to be in retaliation to the fans.

Ronaldo to be banned?

According to GOAL, the incident has prompted the Saudi Football Federation's Disciplinary and Ethics Committee to launch an investigation into the Portuguese superstar's conduct.

If found guilty, Ronaldo could face a ban, impacting crucial matches as his team vies for the league title against the mighty Al-Hilal, who are unbeaten after 21 games in the SPL.

Al Shabab provokes Ronaldo

However, amid the controversy, a new video has emerged on social media, as seen by Sports Brief, showing a fan wearing an Al-Shabab jersey making a similar gesture towards Ronaldo.

It remains unclear whether the fan's crude gesture may have provoked Ronaldo or if it was in response to the unsportsmanlike behaviour of the former Manchester United star.

Either way, the Al-Nassr goal machine could find himself regretting his actions.

Fans call out Ronaldo for crude gesture

In a related publication, Sports Brief reported that football fans have voiced their criticism on social media regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's response to chants of 'Messi' from the crowd.

Despite being a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, he encountered a hostile atmosphere as Al-Shabab fans continually taunted him with the name of his perennial rival and fellow GOAT.

Many observers have deemed Ronaldo's reaction unnecessary and unprofessional, arguing that he should have kept his focus on the game and not allowed the chants to disrupt him.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.