Winning and always being the best. Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't allow any other possibility when he goes on the pitch. And if he is beaten, he leaves the pitch with a grim look, sullen, with nerves on edge. The defeat makes his blood boil in his veins and he struggles to contain himself, especially during the awards ceremony.
A video shot by a fan on the sidelines of the Riyadh Seasons Cup shows the bad reaction he has when he realizes that the one receiving the MVP award of the trophy is the former Lazio player Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Al-Hilal. If he could have, he would have left at the final whistle. He stayed, because the very rigid protocol and etiquette (certain attitudes are poorly tolerated in the Saudi country) required him to do so. But when he noticed the images of his opponent on the big screen who took (in his opinion, stole) the show together with Aleksandar Mitrovic, he could no longer contain himself.
The images clarify what happened: CR7 seems to turn towards his teammates and gives them an eloquent nod, enough is enough, it's time to return to the locker room. The group follows him and heads towards the mouth of the tunnel. It is at that moment that the Portuguese takes the medal off his neck, makes a gesture of clear disapproval (the evening went terribly, on a personal and club level) and throws it angrily towards the stands.
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He doesn't know what to do with that runner-up prize, he doesn't want it. And that it was difficult for him to accept that situation was also clear from another video sequence: while he was leading the line of companions to get onto the stage he was involuntarily hindered by a member of the organizational staff and literally sent him to hell .
An evening to forget from all points of view for the former Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus player. An evening characterized by a series of outbursts that could not go unnoticed, both for the theatricality of the reactions and for the global popularity that accompanies him from one part of the world to the other.
First he replied “I'm here, not Messi” to opposing fans who shouted the Argentine's name at him. Then, booked for kicking the ball into the stands, he reacted badly because, according to him, the referee Tori Penso had whistled a non-existent free kick.
Finished? No. Disappointed, provoked, stung in pride, he abandons himself to another reckless, obscene gesture. An Al-Hilal supporter throws him a scarf from the stands, yet another also seems to throw a t-shirt at him: CR7 is almost hit while he is walking through the tunnel of the Kingdom Arena and has a fit of annoyance. He takes those accessories, opens the shorts and rubs them against his crotch before throwing them in disdain and frustration.