AL-NASSR 3-1 ABHA: Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score for the third successive game and cut an angry figure despite his side progressing to the King Cup semi-finals
The superstar striker, 38, has failed to find the back of the net in his last two Saudi Pro League fixtures and was frustrated again during the King Cup quarter-final tie. Sami Al-Najei and Abdullah Al-Khaibari gave Al-Nassr an early two-goal lead but Ronaldo was clearly livid when the referee blew the half-time whistle as he attempted to burst out of his own half on the counter-attack.
There had been two minutes of added time earmarked and the referee drew the first half to a close with 47:24 on the clock, so the Manchester United legend could have few complaints about his surging run being cut short.
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However, he responded to the whistle by gesticulating angrily at the referee before picking up and booting the ball powerfully into the opposition half. Ronaldo’s act of petulance was punished with a yellow card, which only incensed him further as he trudged off the pitch towards the tunnel.
It is not the first time the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward has let his frustrations show in recent days. Al-Nassr were defeated 1-0 by title rivals Al-Ittihad last week – a result which allowed the latter to go top of the league – and Ronaldo responded by ripping off his captain’s armband and storming off the pitch at full-time.