Cristiano Ronaldo gets banned and fined for responding to Lionel Messi shouts

According to, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has issued Cristiano Ronaldo a one-match suspension. He was also fined 30,000 Saudi Riyals (£6,300) for his celebrating activities during Sunday’s match.

The violent competition between the two football titans has dominated the sport for over two decades, with either Messi or Ronaldo winning the Ballon D’Or between 2008 and 2017. They had each won five trophies at the conclusion of this era, when Luka Modric interrupted their reign. Messi has subsequently added three more trophies to his collection.

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The two provided fans amazing games when playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona, but their on-field rivalry ended when Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018. The Portuguese great returned to Manchester United in 2021 after a 13-year absence, but he requested a transfer after just 18 months there.

He then initiated the Saudi movement, clearing the path for numerous players to go from Europe to the Middle East. Messi was also given a lucrative deal, but he refused and instead to join Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.

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