Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo sent off after appearing to elbow an opponent in the chest

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off during Al Nassr’s loss to Al Hilal.
  • Al Nassr suffered a 2-1 defeat against rivals Al Hilal in the Saudi Super Cup semi-final yesterday.
  • List of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 12 Career Red Cards
Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo sent off after appearing to elbow an opponent in the chest

What happened?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s disciplinary struggles continues this season with Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia. He received a red card during a crucial match against league leaders Al-Hilal, where he was seen elbowing his opponent twice while Al-Nassr trailed 2-0 in the 86th minute. Also, Ronaldo’s behavior hinted at a potential confrontation with the referee, signaling further trouble.

Last month, Ronaldo faced consequences for his actions, receiving a fine and a two-game ban. This came after he grabbed his genitals and gestured to the crowd in response to hearing them chant his football rival Lionel Messi’s name at him.

Following an incident where his foot was stepped on, the former Real Madrid and Man United forward reacted poorly by attempting to elbow his opponent twice, resulting in his sending off. As he made his way off the field, Ronaldo sarcastically applauded the crowd and the referee.

From the reverse angle captured by fans online, it appears that the Portugal legend raised his arm towards the referee after being sent off, creating the impression that he might have struck the official. However, he showed restraint and refrained from doing so.

A photo of Ronaldo gesturing as if he intended to punch the ball towards the referee.

Al Nassr manager commented on Cristiano Ronaldo’s sending off

Al Nassr manager Luis Castro was really angry about the decision to send off his best player.

“It is difficult to talk about the incident in which Ronaldo received the red card, and we saw several clips earlier in the season in which Ronaldo was provoked, and after seeing some of the pictures Ronaldo did not do anything that deserved to be sent off, and the opposing player acted,”

The contact was small between Cristiano and the opponent’s defender. He made a play. The video referee was supposed to call the match referee to watch the clip of the expulsion.”

Luis Castro said

List of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 12 Career Red Cards

  1. In the 2004 Aston Villa vs. Manchester United match, Ronaldo was shown two yellow cards for diving and chipping the goalkeeper after the whistle.
  2. In the 2006 match between Manchester City and Manchester United, there was a straight red card given for a high tackle on former United legend Andy Cole.
  3. In the 2007 Portsmouth vs. Manchester United match, there was a straight red card issued to Ronaldo for headbutting midfielder Richard Hughes.
  4. In the 2008 Man City vs. Man United game, there was a yellow card for a cynical foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips, followed by a second yellow card for a deliberate handball.
  5. In the 2009 match between Real Madrid and Almeria, Ronaldo received his first home red card, getting one yellow for removing his shirt to celebrate a goal and a second for aiming a kick at midfielder Juanma Ortiz.
  6. During the 2010 Real Madrid vs. Malaga match, Ronaldo received a straight red card for a stray elbow that fractured defender Patrick Mtiliga’s nose.
  7. In the 2013 match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo received a straight red card for a high kick in Atleti captain Gabi’s face during the Copa del Rey final, which Real Madrid lost 2-1.
  8. During the 2014 Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Madrid match, Ronaldo received a straight red card for hitting an opponent in the face during a brief altercation before a corner kick.
  9. In the 2015 Cordoba vs. Real Madrid match, Ronaldo received a straight red card for kicking left-back Edimar and pushing centre-back Jose Angel Crespo.
  10. In the 2017 Spanish Super Cup match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Ronaldo received a red card, adding to his tally of red cards in the Manchester derby, Madrid derby, and El Clasico. He got yellow cards for taking off his shirt while celebrating a goal at the Nou Camp and for diving.
  11. In the 2018 Valencia vs. Juventus game, Ronaldo received a controversial red card after defender Jeison Murillo threw himself to the ground as they jostled for position.
  12. In the 2024 Al-Hilal vs. Al-Nassr match, there was little doubt about Ronaldo’s red card as he appeared to swing his elbow twice at defender Ali Al-Bulayhi.
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