During Al-Nassr’s 4-0 victory over Al-Raed at home, Cristiano Ronaldo was the topic of discussion among spectators after he was left fuming after not receiving a penalty.
The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or reacted angrily after appearing to be knocked down inside the penalty area and being instructed to stand back up by the referee. Even worse for Ronaldo, the on-field decision to continue playing was upheld after the event was reviewed by the video assistant referee.
Paulo Dybala: I told Cristiano I hated him
When a penalty wasn’t given, Ronaldo appeared to express his frustration and disbelief by raising his arms in the air. Fortunately, it had little impact on the result because Al-Nassr easily prevailed to maintain pressure on Al-Ittihad at the top of the standings.
Social media videos of the event divided reactions, with some supporters praising Ronaldo and others blaming the 38-year-old of collapsing too quickly. “Clear penalty” and an emoji for laughter appear as the first response on video of the incident.
Another follower added: “Disgrace of a decision.. HOW ARE THESE PEOPLE IN CHARGE.” in agreement with their attitude.
Cristiano Ronaldo fumes as Al Nassr season goes from bad to worse in Saudi Cup
However, not everyone agreed. One user disagreed and wrote: “Never a penalty, great dive!” while another supporter took the opportunity to highlight Ronaldo’s longtime rival for the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi.
One of Messi’s few positive traits, they said. He avoids diving. You can’t blame Ronaldo because practically every other footballer does it. But where credit is due.
This is not even Ronaldo’s first outburst this week; during the unexpected loss to Al-Wehda in the King Cup of Champions semifinal, the former Manchester United player lambasted his own coaching staff.
Cristian Stellani criticises Spurs player’s mindset
As the players left the field for the half, Ronaldo attacked his teammates and the Al-Nassr bench, and he made no attempt to hide his annoyance.
The manager, Rudi Garcia, was fired from his position after less than 10 months in command, and there has been much conjecture that Ronaldo had something to do with it.
According to the Spanish newspaper Diario AS, Ronaldo complained to senior club officials that Garcia’s tactics were not maximizing his abilities or those of the team as a whole.
Saka and Martinelli match Ronaldo and Rooney’s Premier League records
With 12 goals in 12 league games, Ronaldo has had an outstanding start to life at Al-Nassr.