Cristiano Ronaldo in floods of tears as Al-Nassr lose King's Cup on penalties

An inconsolable Cristiano Ronaldo after defeat in Saudi Arabia. (Image: DAZN.)

Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in floods of tears after his Al-Nassr side were defeated on penalties in the King’s Cup final by rivals Al-Hilal. The Portuguese legend ended his season in Saudi Arabia without any silverware and was distraught as the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus star let his emotions out publicly.

Al-Hilal won the shoot-out 5-4 to complete a domestic league and cup double, spearheaded by ex-Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, after the regulation 90 minutes ended in a 1-1 draw.

Mitrovic put Al-Hilal ahead in the seventh minute before Aiman Yahya sent the game to extra-time and then penalties with a late effort, but Ronaldo and his team-mates were unable to claim glory.

A controversial match saw three red cards produced by the referee, including one to former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, now Ronaldo’s team-mate in the Middle East. Ali Al-Bulayhi and Kalidou Koulibaly were dismissed late into the affair for Al-Hilal.

But Moroccan stopper Yassine Bounou was the hero for Al-Hilal, saving Al-Nassr’s final two penalties to spark jubilant scenes as Ronaldo sunk to the turf, unable to contain his disappointment.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had to be helped off the side of the pitch by his team-mates, before balling his eyes out in the dugout as he waited to collect his runners-up medal.

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Cristiano Ronaldo crying on the pitch after Al-Nassr’s defeat on penalties. (Image: DAZN.)

Ronaldo took Al-Nassr’s second penalty and scored, but his former United team-mate Alex Telles missed their opening spot-kick to put the Saudi Pro League second-placed side on the back foot.

Mitrovic bagged from the spot but a miss from Al-Hilal’s Saud Abdulhamid was not capitalised on, as another effort saved by Bounou from Ali Alhassan gave Al-Hilal the chance to seal their place in the competition’s history books.

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Nasser Al-Dawsari made it 5-4 and Ronaldo needed Meshari Al-Nemer to find the back of the net to stay in the final. However, another save from Bounou saw Al-Hilal race away to celebrate while Ronaldo could only weep in defeat.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1906093/Cristiano-Ronaldo-cry-Al-Nassr-King-Cup-penalty