Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be making an obscene gesture as he leaves the pitch following Al-Nassr’s 2-0 defeat to Al-Hilal – with the striker clutching at his CROSS as fans chant rival Lionel Messi’s name
- Ronaldo appeared to make an insulting gesture, game show footage
- The striker played 90 minutes as Al-Nassr lost 2-0 to Al-Hilal on Tuesday
- He appeared to grab his genital area as supporters chanted, “Messi! Messi!’
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to make an insulting gesture towards fans on Tuesday night as he left the pitch in a video released on social media.
Veteran striker Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes as his Al-Nassr side lost 2-0 to Al-Hilal.
The result saw Dinko Jelicic’s side lose further ground in the title race, with second-placed Al-Nassr now three points behind leader Al-Ittihad who have played one game more, and with Al-Shabab third, three points behind them with a match. in hand.
Superstar Ronaldo, 37, was furious as he stormed off the pitch – and online footage appears to show him grabbing his crotch in response to fans chanting the name of his rival Lionel Messi.
Supporters at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh chanted ‘Messi! Messi! Messi!’ repeatedly in what was no doubt an attempt to mock CR7. While making his way to the tunnel, the former Manchester United player appears to be inserting his hand into his genital area and pulling it up.
Cristiano Ronaldo (above) appeared to make an obscene gesture towards rival fans
A video released to social media shows the veteran Portuguese striker appearing to be clutching his crotch after supporters chanted the name of his rival Lionel Messi following Al-Nassr’s 2-0 defeat
The clip shows Ronaldo appearing to be holding his genital area after fans chanted, “Messi! Messi!’
The clip shows Ronaldo trudging off the pitch and past the media zone, before holding his crotch and moving.
At the end of the video, he appears to be looking up at the singing fans with a grin on his face.
A second video on social media shows him doing the same thing just after crossing the touchline.
Earlier in the match, Ronaldo made headlines after he knocked down an opponent in a chokehold.
Instead of letting his feet do the talking, Ronaldo was booked just before the hour mark as his side trailed 1-0 after a challenge akin to something more likely to be seen in a WWE ring.
The former Man United star lunged at his opponent, wrapping his right arm around his neck before using his body weight to wrestle him to the ground.
Despite the 38-year-old’s rather overzealous behaviour, he was only booked by former Premier League referee Michael Oliver, who officiated the match.
This despite there being no apparent attempt to play the air ball over their heads when he took up the challenge.
Ronaldo pounced on his opponent before seemingly wrapping his right arm around his neck
The attacker then retreated to wrestle him to the ground before picking up a yellow card
A frustrated Ronaldo received a yellow card from Michael Oliver on Tuesday after the chokehold
Al-Nassr saw their title hopes taken a serious blow as they lost 2-0 to league leaders Al-Hilal
With 15 minutes remaining and his side 2-0 down, Ronaldo eventually found the net after running on a long ball before firing home, but was controversially flagged offside.
Al-Nassr recently parted ways with manager Rudi Garcia amid reports of dressing room discontent, in no small part allegedly linked to the Portuguese superstar.
He was replaced by former youth team coach Jelicic, who took over as interim boss. Needing a win at Al-Hilal to ensure they kept in touch with the front runners, they conceded twice from the penalty spot courtesy of Odion Ighalo.
Portugal international Ronaldo with 198 caps has scored 11 goals in 11 league appearances for Al-Nassr – 11 in 13 in all competitions – since he was handed a massive three-year contract in December after his contract at Old Trafford was terminated.
Ronaldo’s representatives have been approached for comment.