Cristiano Ronaldo’s obscene gesture spurs Saudi Football Federation investigation

Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo faced controversy during a Saudi Pro League match against Al-Shabab when he responded to fans chanting Lionel Messi's name by gesturing towards them after scoring a penalty

Cristiano Ronaldo Might Face Ban Due To His Gesture
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The Portuguese football sensation showcased his prowess once more during a 3-2 triumph over Al-Shabab in the Saudi Pro League on Sunday. In the midst of the match, the five-time Ballon d’Or recipient reacted to the crowd’s chants invoking the name of his perennial rival, Lionel Messi.

A video capturing Ronaldo’s response to the spectators has surfaced, showing him gesturing towards the stands after successfully converting a penalty against Al-Shabab — his 34th goal of the season. Concerns have been raised about the influence of such actions on the younger audience present, prompting calls for intervention from authorities in the Middle East.

While Al-Nassr is eager to defend their iconic captain against any allegations, the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee of the Saudi football federation has initiated an inquiry. They will carefully review all available evidence before reaching a verdict on the matter.

As per reports from Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, citing committee sources, a decision is expected within the next 48 hours. The committee is determined to address the situation promptly, given the disappointment and anger expressed by many Saudis over Ronaldo’s alleged behavior.

Should Ronaldo be found guilty, he could face suspension, potentially sidelining him for crucial matches as Al-Nassr continues to vie with Al-Hilal for the top spot in the Saudi Pro League. Conversely, if cleared of wrongdoing, the five-time Ballon d’Or awardee will resume action against Al-Hazm on Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 39

188 cm

83 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 25 3 Missed
Minutes 2136 85.4 Avg
Goals 28 1.1 Avg
Assist 10 0.4 Avg
Attempt 31 1.2 Avg
Passes 724 29.081.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 20 times for 1796 minutes for Pro League.

Cristiano Ronaldo  scored 21 goals for Al Nassr. He procured 9 assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Pro League. In the last match Al Nassr won 3-2 against Al Shabab. The next match in Pro League will be against Al Hazm.

Al Nassr performance and stats

Al Nassr

Manager: Luís Ribeiro de Castro
Rank 2nd
Win 22
Draw 2
Loss 4
Goals 83-35
Diff 48

Al Nassr is currently 2nd in the Pro League with 52 points.

In the last 21 games, it has won 17 times, drawn once, and lost 3 times. In its last match, Al Nassr won 2-3 against Al Shabab.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 60 goals and conceding 26.​

Al Nassr will play the next match in Pro League against Al Hazm on Wednesday 6th of March in Riyadh.​