Cristiano Ronaldo was near uncontrollable as he screamed at fans chanting Lionel Messi’s name in one of a series of curious antics from the Al-Nassr captain during their Riyadh Season Cup final defeat against Al-Hilal.
The Portuguese superstar led his side into the showpiece event at the Kingdom Arena on Thursday night, hoping to add more silverware to his collection.
But Al-Nassr came unstuck against the side who currently lead the league standings by seven points, with first-half goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Salem Al Dawsari deciding the tie.
Not one for passivity, Ronaldo could not hide his frustration during and after the game as he was at the centre of a litany of incidents.
The 39-year-old was unable to ignore fans in the stadium chanting ‘Messi, Messi, Messi’. Footage on social media appeared to show the former Real Madrid striker responding with some annoyance.
Cristiano Ronaldo was at the centre of several curious incidents as Al-Nassr suffered defeat in the cup final
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‘I am here, not Messi,’ Ronaldo appeared to say to the fans on Thursday night.
The Al-Nassr skipper’s anger boiled over at another point of the game, as he received a yellow card from referee Tori Penso for smashing the ball into the stands.
Upset by the decision to award a free-kick to the opposition, Ronaldo couldn’t resist launching the ball into the crowd.
On a surreal night in the Gulf State, that included an appearance from WWE legend The Undertaker, Ronaldo was not done with his antics.
Footage that appeared on X, formerly known as Twitter, showed the forward walking down the tunnel at the Kingdom Arena, before a fan threw an Al-Hilal shirt at him.
As he approached the tunnel, he picked the shirt up before seemingly rubbing it against his crotch and throwing it back towards the crowd in frustration.
Cristiano Ronaldo showed his frustrations after Al-Nassr’s defeat on Thursday night in bizarre fashion, after a fan threw an Al-Hilal shirt at him
It appeared as though the only shirts that were thrown towards the star were that of the rival team, in an attempt to goad the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Ronaldo then continued down the tunnel, followed by his team-mates, before the video ended.
Ronaldo was also caught fuming at an unsuspecting member of support staff as he led his squad to pick up their runners-up medals
With his path down the guard of honour obstructed by the official, Ronaldo threw his hands up in frustration and proceeded down the line stony-faced.
Before the game, Ronaldo watched on as ‘The Deadman’ made a surprise appearance before the Riyadh Season Cup game.
WWE legend The Undertaker made a surprise appearance at the Kingdom Arena on Thursday night
Ronaldo, who recently celebrated his 39th birthday, stood in line on Thursday, before the wrestling icon appeared. With his theme music blaring out at the venue, The Undertaker wandered out of the tunnel at the Kingdom Arena, in his full WWE attire.
The cult legend made his way out onto the pitch, as both teams lined up prior to kick-off before getting his hand on the Riyadh Season Cup.