Cristiano Ronaldo was booked for the tantrom half after kicking the ball away in a rage as he looked to lead a counterattack to victory before the referee exploded in the Saudi King’s Cup match.
Cristiano Ronaldo was booked in the first half of Al-Nassr’s quarter-final confrontation with Abha in the King’s Cup of Saudi Arabia, after firing the ball angrily on the field as the whistle sounded.
The Portuguese star picked up the ball before smashing it wide into the field as the referee blew it half time before he was seen raising his hands angrily and yelling at himself at the referee.
Ronaldo looked frustrated that he couldn’t trigger a break for his team on the halfway line, despite the fact that the aforementioned two minutes of extra time had already been played.
He then walked off the field, with a sinister appearance despite going into the break fully at the helm of the quarter-final encounter and headed through to the semi-finals.
Sami Al-Naji had put Al-Nassr ahead by just 10 seconds on the clock after the tennis striker stunned the Abha defence.
Cristiano Ronaldo was booked between the first half of the King’s Cup quarter-final victory due to an angry tantrum
Frustrated, he picked up the ball and fired it across the field when the referee blew his whistle
Then Abdullah Al-Khaibari doubled the lead in the 21st minute after the ball cut behind Ronaldo, who was waiting in the penalty area, for the midfielder to hit the net without breaking his step.
Ronaldo wasn’t the only player in the book, as three yellow cards were waved as teammate Abdul Majeed Al-Salihi and Abha player Drees Siddiqui were given warnings.
The hosts also got off to a fast start in the second half and After Al-Nassr hit a corner kick on the edge of the penalty area, goalkeeper Davies-Epsey made a hash of the resulting punch.
They didn’t have to wait long to score a like third Then Muhammad Maran crept into the far corner to set foot on his land.
Abha regained the lead in the 69th minute, after Abdel-Fattah Adam hit a loose ball, after he saved Nawaf Al-Aqidi.
Unsurprisingly, Ronaldo took little time to adjust to life in Saudi Arabia after putting pen to paper on a contract believed to be worth £175m a year.
Ronaldo’s poor performance came despite the fact that his team was on their way to the semi-finals
The 38-year-old scored eight goals and assisted two goals in eight matches before facing Abha on Tuesday.
But it may not be the only name familiar to Premier League viewers who have turned to the Saudi Professional League.
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been the subject of a massive £9m bid from Saudi club Al-Ittihad, with the Ivorian player’s contract expiring at the end of the season.
Al-Nassr were also keen to sign Bosman, but their rivals – who are coached by former Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo – are looking to outpace them.
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