Ronaldo: 5 Times Al Nassr Star Reacted Angrily As He Faces Ban for Crude Gesture to Al Shabab Fans

Ronaldo: 5 Times Al Nassr Star Reacted Angrily As He Faces Ban for Crude Gesture to Al Shabab Fans

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
February 27, 2024 at 9:14 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo could face a ban for his crude behaviour
  • The Al-Nassr star was caught showing obscene character
  • Sports Brief looks at the 5 times he has acted angrily

Al-Nassr talisman Cristiano Ronaldo may face a suspension and fine for his inappropriate gesture in response to Lionel Messi taunts during his team's Saudi Pro League match against Al Shabab on Sunday, February 25.

Ronaldo's rivalry with Messi spans over 15 years, with the two superstars competing against each other in La Liga for Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has often shown off his 'bad boy' side whenever he has been taunted with Lionel Messi chants. Photos by Etsuo Hara, MB Media and Yasser Bakhsh.
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Their rivalry ignited passionate debates among fans, who often showed allegiance to one player over the other.

Since Cristiano's move to the Middle East, he has been subjected to taunts from opposing fans, leading to several instances where he has reacted, often in an inappropriate manner.

His recent gesture towards his private area is likely to result in disciplinary action. This incident adds to a list of times where Ronaldo has reacted angrily to fan taunts, as examined by Sports Brief.

5. Ronaldo shushes Al Ettifaq fans

The constant taunting of Ronaldo with chants of "Messi!" by opposing fans seems to deeply affect him, a trend that has been evident throughout this season.

In a particularly fierce Saudi Kings Cup match between Al-Nassr and Steven Gerrard's Al Ettifaq, the former Real Madrid goal-scoring machine was preparing to take a throw-in when the crowd started chanting "Messi!"

The Portuguese star responded by putting his finger to his lips multiple times, indicating his displeasure with the taunts.

He then waved his hand downward, seemingly instructing the fans to quiet down, before continuing to play in what turned out to be a memorable match.

4. Ronaldo 'smashes' Everton fan's phone

During Ronaldo's second turbulent stint with Manchester United, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner displayed his frustration by storming off the pitch after the Red Devils' 1-0 defeat to Everton on April 9, 2022.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner and his teammates failed to score at Goodison Park, exacerbating their struggles in the race for fourth place and Champions League qualification, having won just one of their last five Premier League matches.

As he exited the field, the Portuguese phenom seemed to react angrily to a nearby fan, prompting allegations that he may have damaged a mobile phone in the process, Eurosport reports.

3. "I'm here": Ronaldo to Hilal fans

Again, the 39-year-old appears to be sensitive to fan reactions, as evidenced during an encounter between the top contenders for this season's Saudi Pro League title, Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr, in the Riyadh Season Cup earlier this month.

Video footage from the match captured the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus ace reacting to taunts from the crowd, who chanted the name of his age-old rival, Messi.

According to Fan Nation, CR7 was observed reacting to the fans, reportedly saying, "I am here, not Messi," while gesturing towards the ground.

Additionally, he was seen rubbing his crotch area with a scarf thrown at him by Hilal fans, adding to the controversy surrounding his behaviour.

2. Ronaldo to Diego Simeone, Atletico fans

Similar to Diego Simeone's celebration during Atletico Madrid's match against Juventus in the 2019 Champions League, which became known as the 'cojones' celebration, Ronaldo, then playing for Juventus, responded in kind in the second leg.

Remembering Simeone's actions, the Portugal captain scored a remarkable hat-trick, overturning the first-leg deficit and winning the tie 3-2.

In a mirror image of Simeone's celebration, the veteran forward also gestured towards the crowd, as cited by GOAL, resulting in both managers being fined €20,000 by UEFA for improper conduct.

1. Ronaldo's obscene gesture to Al Shabab fans

After being penalised for his inappropriate conduct with the 'cojones' celebration, the Madeira-born icon seemed to recall that incident when confronted with similar circumstances against Al Shabab last Sunday.

A video circulating online captures CR7's reaction to chants of Messi's name from the crowd. In response, he gestured towards his private area, seemingly in retaliation to the supporters, per One Football.

Criticism has been directed at Real Madrid's record goal scorer for his unsportsmanlike behaviour, given his esteemed status as a global football icon. Whether he will face repercussions for this gesture remains uncertain.

Ronaldo risks ban for 'crude' gesture

Sports Brief also reported that Cristiano Ronaldo faces the possibility of suspension after he responded to rival fans with a "crude" gesture during his match for Al-Nassr.

The veteran forward made the gesture shortly after Talisca's winning goal, and the moment was captured on camera and shared online.

Reports suggest that the Al-Nassr skipper may receive a two-match ban from Al-Nassr following an investigation by a disciplinary committee into the incident.

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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.