Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal for the second game in a row, this time for the 500th time in his league career. The 38-year-career old’s scoring record to date includes three goals for Sporting CP, 103 goals for Manchester United, 311 goals for Real Madrid, 81 goals for Juventus, and four goals for his most recent team in the Saudi Pro League.
For the second-placed Al Nassr, Ronaldo scored twice to give his team a 2-0 halftime lead. Eight minutes into the second half, he scored another from 12 yards to complete his hat trick before adding a fourth. The Portuguese scored in his team’s 2-2 draw against Al Fateh on the road.
Ronaldo has only scored twice since joining Al Nassr before to last week’s game, and that was for Saudi All Star against Paris Saint-Germain in an exhibition match. a match that PSG won 4-5. Following that, Al Nassr’s star striker came under fire after the team’s loss against Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Super Cup semifinal.
After the game, Al Nassr manager Rudi Garcia attributed part of the team’s defeat on Ronaldo’s missed golden opportunity. He said that Cristiano Ronaldo’s squandered chance in the first half was one among the factors that altered the outcome of the game.
Despite having an open goal in front of him and scoring in stoppage time against Al Fateh, Ronaldo missed from a tight angle.
Al Nassr’s Talisca struck the far post in the first half after making a move from the left side with Al Fateh ahead. The Al Fateh goalie was still on the ground after diving when Ronaldo scored the subsequent goal, leaving an empty goal gaping. The Portuguese, on the other hand, skied the shot.
Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester United was terminated in November of last year as a result of an inflammatory TV interview in which he insulted the club’s owners and manager Erik ten Hag after being repeatedly benched and even briefly banned by the team.
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