After Al Nassr’s 1-0 league defeat at Al Ittihad on Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo kicked water bottles in anger as he walked off the pitch. The result allowed Al Ittihad to leapfrog Al Nassr into first place in the Saudi Pro League after 20 games.
A video clip showed Ronaldo with his teammates kicking water bottles on the touchline as he left the pitch, even though he played the entire match and only had one shot on target. After terminating his contract with Manchester United by mutual consent in December, it was Al Nassr’s second league defeat of the season, but Ronaldo’s first since joining the club as a free agent.
As he wrote on Instagram after the match: “Disappointed with the outcome, but we remain focused on the season ahead. Thank you Al Nassr fans for your support, we know we can count on you!” Ronaldo had also failed to score against Al Ittihad in the Saudi Super Cup semifinal on Jan. 26.
In the last two matches, the former Real Madrid forward has not found the back of the net, despite being named the Saudi Pro League’s Player of the Month for February.
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has scored eight goals in eight appearances for Al-Wehda, including four on Feb. 9.