Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al Nasr) broke the slump by scoring four goals in one game. He also topped 500 goals in his own league career.
Al Nasr won 4-0 in an away match against Al Wehda in the 2022-23 season of the Saudi Professional Football League held at the King Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia) on the 10th (Korean time). Al-Nasr (11 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss, 37 points) continued undefeated in 14 consecutive league matches. It was tied with second place Al-Shabab (37 points), who played one more game, but it was the same, but it led the league ahead in goal difference. 안전놀이터
The protagonist of the victory was Ronaldo, the ace. He was responsible for all 4 goals alone and led the team to victory. It is the first time in about 3 years and 5 months that Ronaldo has scored 4 goals in one game. In September 2019, he scored 4 goals in the national match (A match) against Lithuania. He also scored four goals for his club team for the first time in about five years. In March 2018, while playing for Real Madrid (Spain), he scored four goals against Girona.
On the 4th, he scored his debut goal in the Saudi league with a penalty kick against Alpha Tegh, and then scored in two consecutive matches. With this goal, Ronaldo also enjoyed the double happiness of recording 503 league goals in his personal career. Ronaldo, who scored 5 goals in 3 league games, was tied for 9th place in scoring. Ronaldo had scored 499 league goals before the match. He topped the 500 goal mark by adding 4 goals. He scored 3 goals for Sporting (Portugal), 103 goals for Manchester United (Man United, England), 311 goals for Real Madrid and 81 goals for Juventus (Italy).
Receiving a pass from the left side of the penalty box in the 21st minute of the first half, Ronaldo turned around and scored the opening goal with a left-footed grounder shot. He rejoiced with his teammates by unleashing his proprietary ‘How Ceremony’ for the first time in the Saudi league. He scored in the last game but did not celebrate the goal. Ronaldo, who gained momentum, dug into the right flank in the 40th minute of the first half and opened another goal with a right-footed shot. He completed a hat-trick with a penalty kick in the 8th minute of the second half. Ronaldo did not stop here, and in the 16th minute of the second half, when his right-footed shot hit the opposing goalkeeper’s body, he kicked it again with his right foot.
With this, Ronaldo is free from concerns about the slump he suffered after his debut in Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo signed a contract with Al-Nassr until 2025 at the end of December last year for an astronomical annual salary of 75 million dollars (92 billion won). When the superstar who won the Ballon d’Or, the world’s most prestigious football award five times, joined, the home fans of Al Nasr reacted enthusiastically. Uniforms sold like hot cakes, and the stands were filled to the brim.
However, it is evaluated that his move after joining is disappointing. Al-Nasr lost 1-3 to Al Ittihad in the semi-finals of the 2022 Saudi Super Cup held on the 27th of last month. Ronaldo wore the captain’s armband that day and played full-time as a starter, but ended up scoreless. Although he had several crucial scoring chances, he failed to taste the goal. Some spectators chanted the name of rival Lionel Messi (35, Paris Saint-Germain) and mocked Ronaldo for his sluggish performance.