Cristiano Ronaldo’s honest reaction to shirt swap request after bust-up in Saudi Pro League game revealed

Cristiano Ronaldo’s honest reaction to being asked for a shirt swap by Jack Hendry following an on-pitch bust-up isn’t what you’d expect.

Last month, footage of Ronaldo grappling with Scotland defender Hendry during Al Nassr’s 1-0 win over Al Ettifaq in the King’s Cup emerged online.

Ronaldo and Hendry challenged for the same ball as regulation time came to a close, with neither man refusing to back down.

You won’t be surprised to learn both men come from very different backgrounds. Not afraid to have a scrap, Hendry left five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo flinging his arms in the air, demanding a free-kick.

Ronaldo’s not known for having the coolest of heads. Throughout his legendary career, he’s let his emotions get the better. Now 38 years old and in the twilight of his career, he appears to have calmed down when it comes to his peers.

Speaking ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against Georgia and Norway, Hendry has opened up on how he and Ronaldo made peace at the full-time whistle.

He explained to theBBC: “Really good to be playing against these types of guys.

Ronaldo and Hendry during the game. (Image Credit: Getty)

“Ronaldo is obviously one of the best players in the world and what he has achieved is amazing.

“To test myself against him and have that kind of tussle is always enjoyable. It was good to speak to him after and swap jerseys. I’ll keep that for a later date!”

Hendry moved to Al Ettifaq, managed by England legend Steven Gerrard, from Belgian outfit Club Brugge.

He believes the Saudi Pro League will continue to develop over the next few years as more elite players move to the Middle East.

Hendry alongside Al Ettifaq captain Jordan Henderson. (Image Credit: Getty)

The 28-year-old continued: “I think if you look at the standard of players going over, the league is going to continue to grow.

“With them looking towards the World Cup in 2034, I think there will be a real drive to improve the game.

“I am sure it will be one of the strongest leagues in the world very soon.”

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