The summit of the 20th round of the Saudi Football League between Al-Ittihad and Al-Nasr witnessed the Al-Ittihad fans provoke the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, the “Al-Alamy” leader, by chanting the name of his Argentine rival, Lionel Messi, before the start of the confrontation.
Al-Nasr fell in front of its host, Al-Ittihad, with a goal without a response, in the match that was held at the “Radioactive Jewel” stadium in Jeddah, to lose the lead in favor of its rivals, which is the first loss for Ronaldo with his new team at the level of the league championship.
And circulating video clips showed the fans of the "general", collectively in the stands, chanting the name of Messi, the French star of Paris Saint-Germain and the captain of the Argentine national team, who won the last World Cup in Qatar, in order to provoke Ronaldo to influence him and get him out of the atmosphere of the match.
Several videos circulated, showing the "Don" responding to the crowd's cheers, and he seemed angry.
Cristiano Ronaldo is angry at the chanting of Messi's name in the stands of the Saudi Federation
- Silver Country 🏆 (@ARG4ARB) March 10, 2023
The first of these clips was before the start of the match, while Cristiano was standing with the refereeing staff, next to the Egyptian Ahmed Hegazy, the captain of the federation, in order to take the memorial photo.
In the video clip, the voice of the fans was heard chanting Messi's name, so that Cristiano, after the photo, went to the half of the stadium for his team, and pointed his finger to the field, meaning that he is the current star.
And the behavior of the fans was repeated during the match, at a time when the lens of one of the fans was focused on the best player in the world 5 times.
The distress and anger seemed clear to Ronaldo, who indicated with his hands - in an emotional way - to the fans to continue cheering, expressing his dissatisfaction with that by moving his shoulders and with clear gestures on his face.
For its part, the Spanish newspaper "Sport" commented on the clip, saying, "During the summit match in Saudi Arabia, which Al-Nasr lost to Al-Ittihad, the local fans chanted the name of the player Messi, and Cristiano seemed not to be enjoying it."
In another situation, after the end of the Al-Ittihad and Al-Nasr match, a video clip showed Ronaldo's anger and anger over the loss, as he kicked a group of plastic water bottles while he was heading with his colleagues to the changing rooms.
His teammate, Abd al-Ilah al-Omari, tried to calm him down, but the Portuguese player ignored that, and then kicked the bottles, expressing his dissatisfaction with the loss, which cost his team the loss of the summit.
🔴 Watch .. a lot of anger from the world star # Cristiano_Ronaldo after the loss from # Al-Ittihad for the second time # Al-Ittihad_Victory # Al-Nasr_Al-Ittihad pic.twitter.com/T80sXddLmS
- Alaa Saeed (@alaa_saeed88) March 9, 2023
Al-Ittihad owes its victory over Al-Nasr to its Brazilian star, Romarinho, who scored the only goal from a quick counter-attack 10 minutes before the end.
The goal is to transfer the lead from Al-Nassr to Al-Ittihad ⚽🇧🇷
📺 Rome ⤵️ #Union _ Victory |
- Saudi Sports Company SSC (@ssc_sports) March 9, 2023
Al-Ittihad Jeddah topped the Saudi League with 47 points, after removing Al-Nasr, whose balance was frozen at 46 points, to fall back to second place.