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01st Nov 2023

Ronaldo hits back at Saudi fans mocking him with Messi chants

Callum Boyle

Ronaldo Messi

Ronaldo really didn’t like that

Cristiano Ronaldo was subjected to more taunting as fans in Saudi Arabia chanted Lionel Messi’s name.

Messi won his eighth Ballon d’Or on Monday night to move three clear of Ronaldo – who wasn’t even nominated and didn’t attend the event in Paris.

Since confirmation many have said that it is time to say that Messi is the “undisputed GOAT” while Ronaldo himself also left laughing emojis underneath a Spanish journalist’s post as he criticised the decision to give the Argentine the award.

Ronaldo was playing for Al Nassr against Al Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League on Tuesday night where large sections of the crowd could be heard chanting: “Messi, Messi”.

Initially the 38-year-old didn’t seem too phased by the taunts but ended up reacting and put his finger to his lips, instructing the crowd to be quiet.

Al Nassr would ultimately go on to win the game, beating Steven Gerrard’s side 1-0 thanks to Sadio Mane’s goal.

The Portugal international celebrated wildly at full time, cupping his ears to the away supporters.

It wasn’t the only time Ronaldo lost his temper as he became involved in a furious exchange with Al Ettifaq’s Jordan Henderson and also gestured for the referee to be substituted after he sent his teammate, Anderson Talisca off.

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