Cristiano Ronaldo scores 50th goal of 2023 as potential Lionel Messi clash is announced

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 50th goal of the calendar year on Monday as Al Nassr advanced to the semifinals of the Saudi King Cup with a 5-2 victory against rival Al Shabab.

Siêu sao Cristiano Ronaldo cán mốc 50 bàn thắng trong năm 2023 | Vietnam+  (VietnamPlus)

Ronaldo netted his team’s fourth goal with a powerful strike in the 74th minute, continuing his impressive scoring rate since playing his first game in Saudi Arabia in January.

“Great victory and I’m thrilled to announce my 50th goal in 2023, all thanks to the unwavering support of my teammates, fans, and my family!” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. “There’s still room for a few more this year.”

Al Shabab had a chance to take an early lead in Riyadh but Yannick Carrasco slipped while taking a penalty and could only watch as his effort flew over the bar.

Seko Fofana gave the visiting side the lead soon after before Carlos Júnior equalized with a powerful header from a corner.

Al Nassr responded well, however, as former Liverpool and Bayern Munich striker Sadio Mané finished off an excellent counterattacking move and Abdulrahman Ghareeb tapped in from Marcelo Brozović’s cross right before halftime.

Ronaldo made it 4-1 in the second half but Al Shabab pulled one back in the final moments as Hattan Bahebri scored from a rebound. It made no difference to the result with Mohammed Maran completing the scoring in stoppage time with a simple finish.

Nassr's Portuguese forward #07 Cristiano Ronaldo vies for the ball with Shabab's Saudi defender #27 Fawaz Al-Sagour during the King Cup quarter-final football match between Al-Shabab and Al-Nassr at the Al-Shabab Club Stadium in Riyadh on December 11, 2023. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

According to ESPN, the last time that Ronaldo scored 50 goals in a calendar year was in 2017 while he was playing for Real Madrid.

Last week, the 38-year-old forward played the 1,200th game of his professional career, scoring a league-leading 16th goal in the Saudi Pro League this season.

It was also announced on Monday that Ronaldo is likely to face long-time rival Lionel Messi once more when the Argentine’s Inter Miami side tours Saudi Arabia next year.

Inter Miami and Al Nassr will face each other in Riyadh on February 1, which will potentially be the 36th time that Messi and Ronaldo have faced each other throughout their careers. Prior to that, the MLS side will play against Al-Hilal.

“This is another major opportunity to create lasting relationships with passionate fans,” said Xavier Asensi, Inter Miami’s Chief Business Officer.

“We are excited to connect with new supporters in Saudi Arabia, and also hope people all over the world will be tuning in to see a pair of dream matches like these.”

Related Posts

Justin Bieber's father-in-law reposted a post praying for the singer and his wife

Earlier this week, 57-year-old actor Stephen Baldwin reposted an Instagram post by All Things Could Ministries founder Victor Marx, including a video of Justin Bieber playing guitar and singing along to the song I Could Sing of Your Love Forever. “Christians, …

Great battle between MU and Liverpool: Van Dijk has not forgotten the defeat in the FA Cup and is determined not to repeat the mistake

Van Dijk said he and his Liverpool teammates will decide not to repeat the loss to MU in the recent FA Cup. Liverpool travels to Old Trafford this Sunday night (9:30 p.m., April 7) to meet Manchester United in the Premier League. …

Latest football news at noon April 12: Kane's family had a traffic accident

The Kane family had a traffic accident. The German press said that striker Harry Kane's three children had a traffic accident in Bavaria but only suffered minor scratches. Kane's three children, 3-year-old Louis, 5-year-old Vivienne and 7-year-old Ivy, were in a car…

Football commentary Arsenal vs Aston Villa, 10:30 p.m. April 14: Gunners collect debt

Premier League 2023/2024 Match Schedule Premier League 2023/2024 Rankings Latest football commentary Constantly updated football odds Arsenal vs Aston Villa performance analysis When the season enters the sprint phase, …

MU is about to have a new transfer boss, Man City suddenly looks for someone to replace Guardiola

MU leadership will assign a person to be in charge of the transfer process, while Man City is preparing to find a replacement for coach Pep Guardiola in the future. Hot news clip Football 24H April 12 At the end of the 2023/24 season, MU promises to have a change…

4 English players lead the top scorers + assists in the Champions League

On the morning of April 11, the final two matches of the first leg of the 2023/2024 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals took place. True to fans' expectations, all 4 matches of this round will bring top heroic performances with a rain of goals and breathtaking drama…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *