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Al-Fayha couldn’t help but tease Cristiano Ronaldo after holding Al-Nassr to a frustrating 0-0 draw on Sunday. Ronaldo couldn’t find a breakthrough at Al Majma’ah Sports City as Al-Nassr lost ground in the closely-fought Saudi Professional League title race.
The 38-year-old has scored 11 goals in 12 games since leaving Manchester United for Saudi Arabia at the end of 2022.
But he couldn’t be the difference for Al-Nassr as they took 17 shots to Al-Fayha’s five without success, falling three points behind Al-Ittihad at the league summit.
Ronaldo was furious after the full-time whistle, ripping the captain’s armband off as he stormed towards the tunnel to make a quick exit.
And he engaged in a row with Al-Fayha midfielder Ali Al-Zaqan on his way off the pitch, gesturing as if he was zipping his lips shut after the two traded verbal blows.
Al-Fayha, 11th in the Saudi Professional League, will have been happier with the result and made sure to have the last laugh off the pitch too.
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The Al Majma’ah outfit parodied the iconic advertisement showing Ronaldo sitting at a chess table with Lionel Messi.
They replaced the Argentine World Cup winner with captain Sami Al-Khaibari and captioned it, ‘checkmate.’
The post has since accumulated three million views, 16,000 likes and 7,000 retweets.
Al-Fayha halted Ronaldo’s prolific run of goalscoring form for club and country to deny Al-Nassr a crucial victory.
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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had scored three successive braces against Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Al-Adalah.
But Al-Nassr face an uphill battle to secure the league title in his first season in the Middle East.
Al-Ittihad have won their last six games and are unbeaten in 15.
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