Saudi Pro League round-up: Ronaldo scores 50th goal in 2023
The spending by Saudi Pro League clubs was one of the major talking points of the summer transfer window, with the likes of Neymar, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Riyad Mahrez joining Cristiano Ronaldo in the Middle East.
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 50th goal for club and country in 2023 as Al-Nassr defeated Al-Shabab 5-2 in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.
The Portuguese superstar netted in the 74th minute after strikes from team-mates Seko Fofana, Sadio Mane and Abdulrahman Ghareeb, with Mohammed Maran also getting himself on the scoresheet in stoppage time.
Ronaldo has been on fire in the Saudi Pro League this season, the 38-year-old scoring 16 goals and registering eight assists in 15 appearances.
Marking the milestone
Cristiano Ronaldo scored and provided an assist in Al-Nassr's 4-1 victory over Al-Riyadh — the Portuguese forward's 1,200th professional match.
Ronaldo broke the deadlock after 31 minutes to notch his 16th goal in 15 outings this season, cementing his spot as the Saudi Pro League's top scorer.
The 38-year-old posted on social media: "Three more points! Thankful to all my team-mates who helped me reach my 1,200th match. What a ride but we're not done yet!"
Happy to welcome him
Saudi Pro League sporting director Michael Emenalo would be delighted to welcome Lionel Messi to the division, despite being snubbed for Major League Soccer earlier this year.
Emenalo said: "The reasons that he ended up in MLS is something that I don’t have answers to.
"If he decides next season that he wants to come here, we will be happy to welcome him."
Inter Miami star Lionel Messi claims he "thought a lot" about a move to Saudi Arabia before his switch to Major League Soccer.
The 36-year-old told Time: "It is true that later I was thinking a lot about going to the Saudi league, where I know the country and they have created a very powerful competition that can become an important league in the near future.
"It was Saudi Arabia or MLS and both options seemed very interesting to me."
Ron a roll
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning 40-yard lob as part of a quick-fire second-half double to help Al-Nassr beat Al-Akhdoud 3-0.
The Portugal star chested down a loose ball and expertly lofted home from distance in the 80th minute after opposition goalkeeper Paulo Vitor raced out to clear the initial danger.
Ronaldo's eye-catching finish was his 15th goal of the season and came just three minutes after he had doubled his side's lead.