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Al-Nassr striker Cristiano Ronaldo (R) reacts after throwing an elbow during a Saudi Super Cup semifinal loss to Al-Hilal on Monday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Ali Haider/EPA-EFE

April 9 (UPI) -- Cristiano Ronaldo used his right elbow to push away a defender, sending him to the ground and resulting in a red card during an Al-Nassr Saudi Super Cup semifinal loss to Al-Hilal.

The incident, which triggered a sideline scuffle, occurred in the 85th minute of the 2-1 setback Monday at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The infraction marked the 12th red-card expulsion of Ronaldo's decorated soccer career.


Al-Hilal was leading 2-0 when defender Ali Albulayhi completed a slide tackle to stop an Al-Nassr attack. He then went to the sideline to retrieve the ball before Ronaldo came flying into the area and ran into him.

Ronaldo then picked up the ball and used his right arm to smack into Albulayhi, who fell to the ground.

Players from both teams ran into the area and exchanged words and shoves before they were separated. Ronaldo raised his fist in a punching motion toward the referee after he was issued the red card, but then lowered his arm.


Al-Nassr played with 10 men for the remainder of the match. Senegalese striker Sadio Mane cut the Al-Hilal lead in half with a goal in stoppage time, but Al-Nassr could not net an equalizer.

Al-Hilal, with a 33-match winning streak, will will play Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Cup finale Thursday in Abu Dhabi. They are scheduled to face Al-Nassr again May 16 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hilal (25-0-2) totaled 77 points through 27 games to lead the Saudi Pro League standings. Al-Nassr (21-4-2) sits in second place, 12 points behind the league leaders. The Saudi Pro League season is 34 games.

Al-Nassr will host Al Feiha in a league match April 19 at Al-Awwal Park in Riyadh.

Ronaldo, 39, totaled 29 goals and 10 assists through 25 league games this season.

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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo red-carded for elbowing Saudi Super Cup soccer foe - (2024)


Why did Ronaldo elbow? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo was red carded for elbowing an opponent during Al-Nassr's defeat against Al-Hilal in the Saudi Super Cup semifinal. The incident occurred late in Monday's game in Abu Dhabi when the Portuguese striker found himself in a tussle with Al-Hilal's Ali Al-Bulayhi during second-half stoppage time.

How many red cards does Ronaldo have? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo has received 12 red cards throughout his career for club and country. The former Manchester United forward has often been punished after retaliating against overly physical opponents. Al Nassr's captain was sent off for a stray elbow in the 2024 Saudi Super Cup against Al Hilal.

What is the net worth of Cristiano Ronaldo? ›

As of April 2022, he had 849 million.

How to watch Saudi soccer league in USA? ›

In the US, ESPN will show the occasional game, while viewers in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Canada and Belgium can stream games live on DAZN. Saudi Sports Company (SSC) has the broadcast rights for Saudi Pro League games, as well as Saudi Super Cup and King's Cup games, in the Middle East.

Why does Ronaldo shave his armpits? ›

Regular shaving helps maintain hygiene, prevent rashes and chafing, and potentially improve athletic performance. Prominent athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Phelps are known to adopt this grooming routine.

Why did Ronaldo get a red card against Al Hilal? ›

Al Hilal coach Jorge Jesus said Cristiano Ronaldo is so accustomed to winning that he cannot accept defeat after the 39-year-old was sent off for elbowing Al Hilal's Ali Al-Bulayhi in the closing minutes of Al Nassr's 2-1 defeat on Monday.

Who got more red cards Messi or Ronaldo? ›

Career red cards: Messi 3, Ronaldo 11

Messi has been sent off three times in his career – twice for Argentina and once for Barcelona. He saw red just 43 seconds into his Argentina debut after coming on as a sub against Hungary in 2005.

Who's better, Messi or Ronaldo? ›

Both have extraterrestrial numbers but Messi is better. Cristiano: 573 goals in 761 games = 0.75 goals per game. Messi: 552 goals in 637 games = 0.87 goals per game.

Why is Ronaldo better than Messi? ›

Ronaldo has more career goals on both the domestic and international stages, while Messi has more assists in both departments. But the major difference, statistically at least, is that Messi has played over 100 fewer games than his rival – not a surprise given he is two years younger than the Portuguese icon.

Is Ronaldo a billionaire? ›

Per Forbes, Ronaldo became the first professional athlete ever to surpass the billion-dollar threshold just in career earnings in 2020, as his net worth is around $500 million according to some estimations that include wages, endorsem*nt deals, real estate, and advertisem*nts.

Who is the richest footballer of all time? ›

The world's richest footballer is Faiq Bolkiah who has a whopping net worth of over $20 billion.

Where can I watch Al Nassr vs Al Ettifaq? ›

You can watch the live streaming of the Al Nassr vs Al Ettifaq match on the SonyLiv app and website in India.

Where can I watch Al Nassr vs Al Shorta? ›

Al Nassr vs Al Shorta Arab Club Champions Cup semi-final match will be live streamed in India on Sony Liv and Shahid app.


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