Updated June 1st, 2024 at 09:08 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo left devastated as Al-Nassr suffer heart-wrenching defeat in the King's Cup final

Cristiano Ronaldo's heartbreaking loss with Al Nassr in the King's Cup final leaves him devastated and fans in disbelief.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Cristiano Ronaldo's heartbreaking loss with Al Nassr in the King's Cup final leaves him devastated | Image:X/screengrab
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In a thrilling King Cup of Champions final, Al-Hilal clashed with Al-Nassr resulting in a nail-biting 1-1 draw after the end of extra time. The deadlock was broken early on by Al-Hilal's Aleksandar Mitrović in the 7th minute, answered by Al-Nassr's Ayman Yahya in the 88th minute. The tension mounted as both teams fought fiercely, leading to red cards for Al-Nassr's Ali Albulayhi in the 87th minute and Kalidou Koulibaly in the 90th minute. With the match heading into penalties, Al-Hilal emerged victorious with a 5-4 scoreline, clinching the title after a dramatic showdown at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo was in tears after losing the King Cup Final to Al-Hilal

Cristiano Ronaldo showed obvious emotion on Friday after his Al Nassr squad succumbed to Al Hilal in a penalty shootout to complete their trophyless season. Having tied 1-1 in regulation and extra time in Jeddah, Al Hilal prevailed 5-4 in the shootout.

Ronaldo collapsed on the ground when Al Nassr lost, too overcome by the result. Coaches and teammates tried to comfort him, but he was still upset and was finally brought off the pitch. He had trouble controlling his emotions even as he sat on the sidelines waiting for his runners-up medal.

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Ronaldo's season had been difficult; Al Nassr had placed second behind Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League and had been eliminated from the Asian Champions League in the semifinals. Ronaldo was suspended in February as well for making an offensive gesture towards Al Shabab supporters who were yelling Lionel Messi's name, his longtime adversary.

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Notwithstanding these disappointments, the 39-year-old Portuguese attacker had an outstanding individual season, breaking a record by scoring 35 goals in his first complete season in the Saudi Pro League. Though he scored in the penalty shootout, his efforts were unable to stop his side from losing the championship game.

Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Al Hilal an early lead in the seventh minute of the game; Aiman Yahya equalised in the 88th minute to force extra time. Three red cards were also shown during the match: Al Nassr's David Ospina was sent off in the 57th minute, followed by Ali Al-Bulayhi of Al Hilal and Kalidou Koulibaly of Al Hilal later. Yassine Bounou, the custodian of Al Hilal, became the hero by stopping the last two penalties of Al Nassr to win the championship.

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Al Hilal won even though its Brazilian superstar Neymar was out of action for the most of the season after suffering a serious knee injury soon after coming from Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar cheered his side on from the stands during the championship game.

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Published June 1st, 2024 at 09:08 IST