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C. Ronaldo in tears after Saudi King’s Cup final defeat



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Cristiano Ronaldo was seen on the pitch weeping after his Al Nassr side lost the King’s Cup final to Al Hilal on penalties late on Friday, extending his Saudi Arabian trophy aridness.

The five times footballer of the year, whose arrival last year followed a flood of top players to the oil-funded Saudi Pro League, slumped to the ground as Al Hilal celebrated.

The 39-year-old Portuguese star then slowly walked off the pitch and sat in the dug-out with tears streaming down his face.

In a tumultuous match that saw three red cards, including one for Al Nassr’s former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, Ayman Yahya scored in the 88th minute to cancel out Al Hilal’s early strike through Aleksandar Mitrovic.

But Al Hilal won 5-4 in the shoot-out to complete the Saudi treble after also winning the Super Cup and the Saudi Pro League, finishing unbeaten in domestic action.

This season Al Hilal, with star signing Brazilian Neymar injured since October, put together a record, 34-match winning streak in all competitions.

Al Nassr, who came second in the league behind champion Al Hilal, and lost to the same team in the Super Cup, miss out once again despite the prolific Ronaldo, who scored a Pro League-record 35 goals.

Rolnado’s sole silverware so far with the Riyadh club is last year’s Arab Club Champions Cup.

His contract, said to net him 400 million euros over two-and-a-half years, runs out at the end of next season.

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