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Saudi Pro League round-up: All the latest news in bite-sized chunks
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Cristiano Ronaldo netted his first AFC Champions League goal
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his first AFC Champions League goal

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.

With so many stars now plying their trade there, LiveScore is the place to be for all the big talking points. Keep refreshing this page for the latest stories in bite-sized chunks.

Ronaldo nets in comeback win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a crucial equaliser as Al-Nassr beat Istiklol 3-1 to maintain their perfect record in the Asian Champions League.

The Saudi Pro League outfit surprisingly found themselves 1-0 down to the Tajiki side at half-time but the Portuguese superstar levelled the game with a deft chip before Anderson Talisca's quickfire double sealed the victory.

After their second win in as many games in the competition, Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: "Good game from everyone on the team! Happy to have scored my first ACL goal! We keep winning!"

Knock-on effect

Al-Nassr football executive manager Marcelo Salazar has hailed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo as the reason why the Saudi Pro League now plays host to so many stars of the game.

Salazar told Globoesporte: "Bringing a player of Ronaldo's magnitude to play here in Saudi really was a shock for world football.

"And this effect was what opened the doors for six months later for players like Karim Benzema, [N'Golo] Kante, Roberto Firmino, Neymar, Malcom."

Vying for Victor

Victor Osimhen could be on his way to the Saudi Pro League
Victor Osimhen could be on his way to the Saudi Pro League

A number of Saudi Pro League clubs are reportedly lining up to sign Victor Osimhen in January.

Osimhen is thought to be unhappy with the Serie A champions following a controversial social media post from the club's official TikTok account this week.

But European giants Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain remain in contention for the Nigerian's signature.

Neymar bites back

Neymar has yet to score for Al-Hilal since joining from Paris Saint-Germain
Neymar has yet to score for Al-Hilal since joining from Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar has shut down rumours that the relationship between him and Al-Hilal manager Jorge Jesus has deteriorated.

The Portuguese coach was left frustrated by the Brazilian's performance in the 1-1 draw with Navbahor in the AFC Champions League last week and reports in Spain detailed the forward had not taken kindly to the criticism.

But he has since responded on Instagram, writing: "Lies. Y'all got to stop believing these things, pages like this, with millions of followers you can't keep posting fake news! With all due respect in the world, I ask you to stop this. This is a lot of disrespect."

Ronaldo at the double

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Al-Nassr in their thrilling 4-3 victory over Al-Ahli on Friday evening.

Ronaldo broke the deadlock after four minutes with Brazilian midfielder Talisca doubling the advantage before Franck Kessie's reply on the half-hour mark.

Talisca's second saw a quick response from Riyad Mahrez before Ronaldo fired in once more to give Luis Castro's men a two-goal cushion which negated Feras Albrikan's 87th-minute consolation.


Saudi Pro League (SPL)Al Nassr FCAl-EttifaqAl-HilalAl IttihadAl AhliDamac FCAbhaAl-TaawounAl Fateh FCAl FeihaAl-WehdaAl KhaleejAl AkhdoudAl-RaedAl RiyadhAl ShababCristiano RonaldoJesse LingardNeymarVictor Osimhen
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