Age has passed 38. At an age when most footballers dream of hanging up their boots and living a life of luxury, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have no idea. Still playing with thumbs up. Milestones are being added next to names almost every match.
In the previous match, he played the 1200th match in his professional football career and scored a great goal-assist. The Portuguese superstar scored another feat on Monday night.
Al Nasr took the field against Al Shabaab in the last eight match of the Saudi King’s Cup. As usual, Ronaldo’s name is on the scoresheet in the 5-2 defeat of Shabab. The former Real Madrid star hit the ball in the net with a right-footed shot in the 74th minute of the semi-final match. It is Ronaldo’s 50th goal in 2023!
Joined Al Nasr this year forgetting the disappointment of the World Cup, then the year is going like a dream, scoring 10 goals this year in his national team jersey. He has 26 goals before reaching half of this season. But Ronaldo does not want to stop here.
In an Instagram post after the match against Shabab, Ronaldo wrote, ‘Great win. Thrilled to score 50 goals in 2023. Thanks to family, teammates and supporters for being so supportive. There is still room to do more this year.’
The way Ronaldo is outdoing himself in every match, who knows where this Portuguese legend will take himself. Only Lionel Messi can compare to what he has done in a two-decade career in professional football. These two superstars are facing each other again in February. Messi’s Inter Miami will take the field against Ronaldo’s Al Nasr in the Riyadh Season Cup match.
Ronaldo’s duel with Messi is one of the best in football history. When Ronaldo left Manchester United and joined Real Madrid in 2009, the Portuguese superstar became directly competitive with Messi. The two fight to outdo each other.
However, in 2018, when Ronaldo left Real Madrid and moved to Juventus, that duel fell somewhat. There was no chance to meet without the Champions League. But even though the two played in different leagues, there was always the urge to outdo the other.
Ronaldo has moved from Juventus to Saudi club Al Nasr through his old club United. Messi ended the Barca chapter after spending two seasons at PSG and is now playing America for Inter Miami.
However, the two superstars are meeting again in February. In a statement early Tuesday morning, Inter Miami said that they will play against Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia on January 29 at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. Miami will face Al Nasr at the same venue on February 1. Both the matches will start at 12 pm Bangladesh time.
Messi-Ronaldo have met 36 times so far in all competitions. Messi has scored 22 goals as well as 12 assists in the head-to-head. On the other hand, Ronaldo has put the ball in the net 21 times, assisted one goal.