Cristiano Ronaldo involved in angry exchange with official after Al Nassr lose Riyadh Season Cup
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Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in a brief angry exchange with an on-pitch official after Al Nassr lost the Riyadh Season Cup final to Al Hilal.
But the clash got off to a nightmare start for Ronaldo and his side, with Al Hilal midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic opening the scoring on 17 minutes.
And Saudi Arabia international Salem Al Dawsari made it 2-0 on 30 minutes with what turned out to be the last goal of the game.
It was, therefore, a disappointing night for Luis Castro's side, who had just three shots on target throughout the entire 90 minutes.
Ronaldo was also booked early on in the second half after smashing the ball into the crowd in anger at a decision made by referee Tori Penso.
Yes, you did read that right. 'The Deadman' was present at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, performing his iconic entrance to lift the trophy in front of both sets of players and coaches.
Al Hilal were instead rewarded with the slightly surreal opportunity - with Ronaldo and his team-mates having to settle for the runners-up spot.
And something clearly angered Ronaldo post-match before the team took part in a honorary 'guard of honour'.
His path was initially blocked by an on-pitch official as he began to walk through, with the Portuguese forward throwing his arm up in frustration before having a short but inaudible exchange.
Anderson Talisca didn't appear to be as frustrated at the incident, though, with the Brazilian seen laughing behind Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo was HEATED after losing in the Riyadh Season Cup final. 😳 pic.twitter.com/S531XJKSmc— DAZN Football (@DAZNFootball) February 8, 2024
Ronaldo did acknowledge the applause as he led his team-mates through - although was unsurprisingly disappointed with what had been a disappointing evening for Al Nassr.