Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal as a response to chants of “Messi” by a Serbian crowd.

For several years, Ronaldo has been known for using the hostility of away crowds to his advantage. Everytime the crowd gets involved and tries to humiliate him, instead of losing focus, he grows in confidence. In addition, Ronaldo is taking strength from the “boos,” and more often than not, he ends up having the last laugh.

This was exactly what happened on Saturday night when Portugal traveled to Serbia for their latest Euro 2020 qualifier. Whenever Ronaldo touches the ball, he was greeted with chants of “Messi, Messi” from the home supporters.

The Serbian crowd was evidently making a deliberate attempt to rile up Ronaldo. They were hoping that by doing so, Ronaldo would be pissed and play badly. However, the home crowd didn’t get the outcome they wanted. Instead, Ronaldo ended up scoring a goal that made it 3-1 with a fine finish in the 80th minute.

The Portuguese superstar latched on to Bernardo Silva’s pass before dinking the ball past Serbia’s goalkeeper Marko Dmitrović.

After the impressive play, Ronaldo brought out his “Siii” celebration to silence the Serbian fans once and for all.

While the 34-year-old Juventus star has had his fair share of intense moments with the opposing fans, there was another reported incident in which Ronaldo received a “Messi” chant from the crowd.

Last July, Ronaldo sparked controversy after he failed to appear for Juventus in their pre-season friendly match against K-League All Stars in South Korea. Ronaldo reportedly remained on the bench despite apparently being contracted to play 45 minutes of the match. As a result, fans in attendance became angry and began chanting Messi’s name to try to humiliate Ronaldo.

One Korean fan even took the no-show incident to another level. While Ronaldo was in the lobby of his hotel, he was confronted by an avid fan named Kwak Ji-hyuk.

Kwak posted a video of the incident on YouTube where he can be heard shouting in English: “Why didn’t you play in Korea?”

The Korean fan continued to try to get Ronaldo’s attention by holding up a sign in Portuguese which stated, "You are so nice to your fans here but why did you do that to us?" in English. But to his disappointment, the soccer star still ignored him.

“Even when I put the sign right in front of his eyes, I was utterly ignored,” Kwak recalled.

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It appears that the writing is on the wall, fans and critics are now speculating that there is a growing tension between Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri. MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images