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Shock Ban: Cristiano Ronaldo Faces Match Suspension for Controversial Gesture Amid Messi Chants!

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Following an incident during a Saudi Pro League encounter against Al Shabab last Sunday in which he made an offensive gesture, Cristiano Ronaldo was given a one-match suspension on Thursday. The Portuguese superstar faces a 20,000 Saudi riyal fine and is not allowed to appeal the verdict in addition to the suspension, as per the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee of the Saudi Arabia Football Federation.

The incident happened following Ronaldo’s team, Al Nassr, defeat of Al Shabab 3-2. Ronaldo made a suggestive hand gesture close to his pelvis after cupping his ear in reaction to home fans screaming Lionel Messi’s name. Ronaldo has reacted in the past when he saw that supporters preferred Messi over him. A similar incident occurred the previous year during a loss to Al-Hilal, when Ronaldo angrily gestured at supporters wearing Messi shirts.

As he left the field following the Riyadh Season Cup final loss, Ronaldo responded to an Al-Hilal shirt that was thrown at him, further emphasizing the difficult relationship he has had with Saudi fans.

After a difficult time at Manchester United in late 2022, Ronaldo relocated to Saudi Arabia. He has since been vocal about the quality of football in the Middle East, even going so far as to say that it is superior to several European leagues.

After signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with Al Nassr, Ronaldo reportedly became the highest-paid athlete in the world, earning $200 million annually, according to a number of publications.

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Oscar Martínez
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Oscar Martínez writes about football for Sportingwiki. He is concentrating on a new project that tells the stories of football's unsung heroes—the players, coaches, and grassroots activists who embodies the true spirit of the game. His work inspires and enlightens people even now, bridging the divide between die-hard football fans and casual observers and demonstrating that a person's love for the game knows no bounds.

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