Al-Hilal forward, Michael added insult to injury by performing Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Siuuu’ celebration in front of Lionel Messi.
The friendly match between the Saudi Pro League side and Messi’s Inter Miami took place on Monday night, January 29.
Al-Hilal, currently on their winter break, faced off against the Herons, who are preparing for the kickoff of the 2024 US season.
The hosts in the Middle East secured an early lead through ex-Fulham striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic, before Abdullah Al Hamdan extended that advantage.
Luis Suarez later narrowed that deficit by scoring his first goal for Inter Miami after reuniting with Messi.
Michael does Ronaldo’s ‘Siuuu’ in front of Messi
However, Michael reinstated the two-goal advantage before half-time with a header. Following the goal, he sprinted towards the corner flag, mimicking Ronaldo’s celebration.
Although it might have been perceived as a display of disrespect towards Messi, the Brazilian forward regularly does the iconic celebration pioneered by the Portuguese star.
Messi soon exacted a measure of revenge, converting a penalty shortly after the restart. He then played a key role as a provider, assisting for David Ruiz’s equaliser just a minute later.
However, Al-Hilal clinched the victory with a decisive goal from the Argentine veteran’s former Barcelona teammate, Malcom, in the final two minutes of regular time, per Sportbible.