Cristiano Ronaldo struggles to contain his emotions after more Lionel Messi taunts during Al Nassr defeat


Cristiano Ronaldo could not contain his emotions after again receiving Lionel Messi taunts as Al Nassr lost to Al Ain in the AFC Champions League.

Soufiane Rahimi scored the only goal of the game, with Aymeric Laporte being sent off in the 94th minute.

Ronaldo had a number of opportunities to score and nearly levelled matters with a stunning strike from the halfway line in stoppage time.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was once again subjected to taunts about long-time rival Messi before, during and after the game from the home supporters.

Ronaldo was clearly frustrated again as he headed down the tunnel, cracking a smile and laugh that was almost sarcastic.

He also put up his thumbs up to the crowd, who he had appeared to applaud pre-match.

Ronaldo has been in fine form for his side this season, scoring 28 times and assisting a further 11 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions.

Al Nassr will look to get back to winning ways on Thursday when they return to action in the Saudi Pro League, hosting Al Raed at Al Awwal Park.

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He had said that the division he plays in is better than Ligue One, France’s top flight.

“It annoys me when I hear Cristiano Ronaldo saying that the Saudi Pro League is better than Ligue 1,” the World Cup winner told BetVictor.

“Why do you think he chose to make that comment about Ligue 1 rather than the Portuguese League?

“It’s because Lionel Messi played in Ligue 1. I have lots of respect for him as a player but come on, just shut up! It is unfair to Ligue 1.”

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