Ronaldo gestures at team-mates and fans as Al-Nassr’s season takes another turn
Cristiano Ronaldo looked like a conductor as he frantically waved his arms at his team-mates and Al-Nassr's fans during his side's Saudi Pro League defeat to Al-Taawoun on Friday.
The Portugal superstar was desperately trying to gee everyone up after Al-Nassr went behind on 20 minutes, especially after losing their opening day clash with Steven Gerrard's Al-Ettifaq side last week.
As his crestfallen team-mates trudged back to the centre circle, Ronaldo picked the ball up and jogged back to the half-way line before urging his colleagues to join him – and a few minutes later he was seen trying to fire up the crowd by calling for them to make more noise.
Fans on social media branded the 38-year-old a "true leader", with some even accusing Al-Nassr's stars of holding Ronaldo back.
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"Cristiano Ronaldo motivating team post goal conceded. A true leader," one person tweeted.
"Ronaldo doing everything he can to get a tune out of this terrible Al-Nassr team. They'd be nothing without him and are going to deny him another league title," another fan fumed.
Others said Ronaldo's frantic gesturing was a sign of his desperation, particularly narrowly missing out on the Saudi Pro League title last season.
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"Ronaldo looking stressed. Dude needs to stop taking Saudi so seriously," one person wrote, while a second added: "Ronaldo so desperate not to lose haha you love to see it."
Things went from bad to worse late in the second half when Al-Taawoun added a second in injury time to seal a 2-0 win, leaving Al-Nassr 15th in the Saudi Pro League, with goal difference the only thing separating them from the relegation zone.
Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in 25 games since joining Al-Nassr in December last year, and helped fire the club to Arab Club Champions Club glory last week, bagging two goals in the final against Al-Hilal.
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