Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-breaking performance in the Saudi Pro League has made headlines around the world. On Thursday, Ronaldo scored four goals in a 4-0 victory for his club Al Nassr against Al Wehda. The 38-year-old’s first goal, in the 21st minute, was a historic one as it marked the 500th league goal of his illustrious career. Within 30 minutes either side of halftime, Ronaldo swiftly took his total to 503, including a 51st-minute penalty.
This was Ronaldo’s first time scoring four goals in a game since September 2019, when he did so for Portugal in European Championship qualifying against Lithuania. The last time he scored four goals in a club match was for Real Madrid against Girona in La Liga in March 2018.
Ronaldo joined Al Nassr at the end of December after his contract with Manchester United was terminated by mutual consent. He signed a contract that will run through the summer of 2025 and, according to reports, will receive $75 million per year. After a slow start with two goalless games, Ronaldo has now scored five goals in his last two matches for Al Nassr.
With Thursday’s win, Al Nassr moves back to the top of the league standings, level on 37 points with second-placed Al Shabab after 16 games.
In conclusion, Ronaldo’s impressive performance is a testament to his enduring class and goalscoring prowess, and has once again proven that he is one of the greatest footballers of all time.