"Ronaldo off, TV off" - Fans react as Cristiano Ronaldo gets substituted in Al-Nassr's game against Ettifaq
Cristiano Ronaldo had to be taken off due to an injury during Al-Nassr's 1-1 Saudi Pro League draw at Al-Ettifaq on Saturday (May 27). Fans on Twitter reacted to the incident.
The score was level at 1-1 when the Portuguese was taken off. Youssofu Niakate had opened the scoring for the hosts before Luiz Gustavo equalised. While Gustavo found the back of the net again, the effort was ruled out due to offside.
Ronaldo had a mixed outing. While he didn't get on the scoresheet, the Portuguese was lively on the ball and managed a few long shots on target. He completed two dribbles and 28 passes and launched four shots on target.
The 38-year-old also made two key passes and won four ground duels. However, he was replaced because of a suspected injury. One fan reacted on Twitter:
"Ronaldo off, tv off. I hope he’s okay."
"Ronaldo off = tv off."
Here are some of the best reactions across Twitter:
Cristiano Ronaldo says Saudi Pro League could become a force
After a 3-2 win against Al-Shabab in Al-Nassr's previous game, he said that the SPL could become one of the top five leagues in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo, though, admitted that there's room for improvement, saying (voa SPL's website):
“In my opinion, the Saudi league is getting better, and the next year will be even better. Step-by-step, I think this league will be (among) the top-five leagues in the world, but they need time; they need players; they need infrastructure. But I believe that this country has amazing potential; they have amazing people, and the league will be great, in my opinion.”
The likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets Jordi Alba have been linked with a move to the league. Such transfers would only better the level and improve its stature.