Cristiano Ronaldo banned for his response to fans following ‘Messi’ chants

By Majesty 1 Min Read
Cristiano Ronaldo banned and fined for offensive gesture in Saudi Pro League

Cristiano Ronaldo, the forward for Al-Nassr, has been suspended for one game for “provoking fans” after the Saudi Pro League victory against Al-Shabab.

Following Sunday’s 3-2 loss in Riyadh, Al Shabab supporters screamed “Messi,” a reference to Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s longtime nemesis.

Ronaldo, the 39-year-old captain of Portugal, gestured to the crowd by putting his palm to his ear.

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has also fined him 30,000 Saudi Riyals, or £6,300.

According to the SAFF disciplinary and ethical commission, Ronaldo is not permitted to appeal the ruling.

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Ronaldo’s penalty kick put the game ahead, but Al-Shabab rallied again before Talisca’s goal in the 87th minute.

In December 2022, Ronaldo left Manchester United on a free transfer to Al-Nassr, reportedly receiving the highest football salary in history.

In 22 league games this season, he has netted 20 goals for Al-Nassr, who are second in the table behind Al-Hilal.

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