Cristiano Ronaldo has again lost his temper during a football match, this time launching a verbal attack on Al-Nassr’s coaches after his team went into half-time trailing 1-0 to Al-Wehda in the King Cup of Champions semi-final.
The 38-year-old forward moved to the Middle East after leaving Manchester United by mutual consent last year, but his time with Al-Nassr has not been without controversy. Just earlier this month, he was involved in a post-match argument when his side drew 0-0 with Al-Feiha in the Saudi Pro League.
On Monday night, Ronaldo was seen visibly frustrated as he trudged towards the bench at half-time before angrily remonstrating with his own coaching team. Despite returning to the pitch for the second half, Ronaldo and his team were unable to turn the match around and progress to the final of the King Cup of Champions, even though their opponents were reduced to 10 men in the 55th minute after Ronaldo was fouled by Abdullah Al-Hafith.
Here’s Cristiano Ronaldo showing dismay to his own coaching staff:
Cristiano Ronaldo fumes at his own bench as Al-Nassr go in behind at half-time 😳 pic.twitter.com/wySFQaA57M
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 24, 2023
Al-Nassr are currently without a manager, having parted ways with previous boss Rudi Garcia earlier this month. The Frenchman left his post via mutual consent with the club in second place in the league, and a replacement is yet to be confirmed. However, high-profile names such as Jose Mourinho and Luis Enrique have been linked with the role. Dinko Jelicic, the former manager of the club’s Under-19 team, is currently in charge.
Ronaldo had faced criticism for his decision to move to the Middle East, but he fired back at his critics by stating that he had achieved “everything he set out” to win during stints at Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. “I am fortunate that I have won everything I set out to win in European football,” he said shortly after his move to Al-Nassr was confirmed. “I feel now that this is the right moment to share my experience in Asia. Al-Nassr’s vision is very inspiring and impressive. I look forward to a different league experience in a different country. I am excited to join my teammates as soon as possible.”