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Al-Shorta Player Ahmed Zero Calls Ronaldo the Second Best Player

Nassr's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after scoring his team's first goal during the 2023 Arab Club Champions Cup semi-final football match between Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr and Iraq's Al-Shorta at Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium in Abha on August 9, 2023.

Al-Shorta SC player Ahmed Zero posted a picture with Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram. He captioned it “with the second best player in history,” which threw the football world into a frenzy. This has led to various banters and reactions from football fans worldwide.

Cristiano Ronaldo moved from Manchester United to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia during the 2023 January transfer window. The football star is far past his prime but has been playing incredible football at the Saudi Arabian club. He’s currently the highest goal scorer in the Club Champions Cup.

In the Semi-Finals of the competition, Al-Nassr faced off against Al Shorta in what turned out to be a challenging game of football. Al Nassr eventually won the game thanks to a 75th-minute penalty awarded to them. Cristiano Ronaldo took the penalty and duly delivered.

Nassr's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) vies for the ball with Shorta's forward Alaa al-Azzawi during the 2023 Arab Club Champions Cup semi-final football match between Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr and Iraq's Al-Shorta at Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium in Abha on August 9, 2023.
Photo by ABDULLAH MAHDI/AFP via Getty Images

As is common among football players, they took pictures, and almost everybody wanted a picture with him. Some of them posted on their social media. However, one stood out. Ahmed Zero posted the picture he took on Instagram. He captioned it, “With the second best player in history.” Moreover, he also tagged the Portuguese in the image.

The Instagram post has sparked various reactions from fans and players around the world. While it is unclear who Ahmed might be thinking of as the “best football player in history,” many people assume it is Messi. Avid Ronaldo fans found the post most annoying because they believe Ahmed means that Messi is better than Ronaldo. And once again, though mildly, we were thrown into a Messi vs Ronaldo debate.

There are other people that find Ahmed’s gut amusing. Ahmed Zero and Al Shorta might have lost the semi-finals of the Arab Cup, but they can still take a win over Ronaldo.