Cristiano Ronaldo taunted with Lionel Messi chants during Al-Nassr defeat as five-time Ballon d’Or winner misses chance to win first trophy in Saudi A

Cristiano Ronaldo was taunted by Al-Ittihad fans, who chanted Lionel Messi’s name at him at Al-Nassr’s Saudi Super Cup defeat. His second appearance for his new club saw Al-Nassr get dumped out at the semi-final stage, losing 3-1 to Al-Ittihad. Ronaldo fired another blank in Saudi ArabiaGetty A man-of-the-match display during a exhibition clash between a Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal XI and Paris Saint-Germain saw Ronaldo net twice. But in his two appearances for Al-Nassr he’s struggled to make an impact, having failed to register a shot on target during their 1-0 win over Ettifaq last weekend. And on his second appearance he also failed to get a shot on target even though Al-Nassr had 64 per cent possession in the match. Goals from Romarinho and Abderazzak Hamdallah put home side Al-Ittihad 2-0 up before Talisca, who got Al-Nassr’s winner at the weekend, pulled one back. A stoppage-time strike from Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti sealed the fate of Ronaldo and Al-Nassr. Ronaldo’s arrival was labelled as ‘history in the making’, the 37-year-old being given a heroes’ welcome on arrival, as well as a eye-watering £177million-a-year contract. Ronaldo’s time in Saudi Arabia has so far been no picnicGetty شاهد كيف ودعت جماهير #الاتحاد لاعب فريق النصر كريستيانو رونالدو #الاتحاد_النصر— قصي نقادي (@Qusay_itfc) January 26, 2023 Most read in Football Spurs set to sign Porro, Gordon no-show amid Newcastle links, Bielsa pictured in the UK Gordon ‘tells Everton he won’t return’ as Jordan hails Newcastle for refusing £60m fee Keane waxes lyrical about Martinez as stats show how brilliant Man United man was Father of Arsenal target hits out at Gunners fans on social media amid transfer links Forest players copy Ronaldo celebration against Man United but left with egg on face Spurs hijacked Man United move for top-rated midfielder by buying his family a house Chelsea 'rejected' by Everton star with Potter dealt further blow in midfielder search 'You're always there' - Lisandro Martinez thanks Manchester United fans for new chant However, that still doesn’t appear to make him exempt from fan jibes, with a number of Al-Ittihad fans heard chanting ‘Messi, Messi, Messi…’ in reference to Ronaldo’s long-standing rivalry with the Argentina captain for the Ballon d’Or prize for many years of their respective careers. Al-Nassr’s next outing sees them face Al Fateh in the Saudi Pro League, which Ronaldo’s side are currently top of, on February 3. Keep up to date with all the latest news, rumours and gossip with our LIVE transfer blog


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