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Since his move to the Saudi Pro League in January, there’s been no shortage of Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr goals. The man idolised by millions as ‘CR7’ has set Saudi Arabia’s top division alight, and sparked an influx of world stars to follow him in the summer transfer window.
Ronaldo’s recent visit to Iran, for Al Nassr’s AFC Champions League clash vs Persepolis, saw masses of football fans from the country turn up to greet him. They even chased his team’s bus, demonstrating the influence he is having in several AFC-region nations that are currently seeing a revolution in football fandom.
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No shortage of Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr goals
- 1 No shortage of Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr goals
- 2 When will Ronaldo get his next hat-trick?
- 3 Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr goals set to keep flying in
There are already a significant number of Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr goals in the books, thanks in no small part to his penchant for netting multiple times in single games. Overall, he has an astounding 84% win-rate from competitive goalscoring games at club level.
Curiously, the landmark 400th of those winning outings came only last Saturday, when the question posed in our Al Raed vs Al Nassr predicted lineups piece was answered with an emphatic ‘no’.
How many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Al Nassr?
Ronaldo has scored 21 goals for Al Nassr so far in just 12 appearances. His first came in a 2-2 draw away at Al Fateh in February, which he followed up with a four-goal haul against Al Wehda.
That was the first of three hat-tricks that Ronaldo has scored for Al Nassr, with his second (against Damac FC) coming later that month. Ronaldo’s third treble came at the start of this season, in a 5-0 mauling of Al Fateh (pictured below). Of the 21 strikes, seven have been game-winning, showing how much of a clutch player the 38-year-old still is.
How many hat-tricks has Ronaldo scored in his career?
Ronaldo has scored a stunning 63 hat-tricks for club and country combined over the course of his career. His first came in his maiden spell at Manchester United, netting a treble in a 6-0 demolition of Newcastle United in 2008, before he then went on to record a mesmerising 44 hat-tricks at Real Madrid after transferring there the following year.
Ronaldo also scored three hat-tricks at Juventus, two in his second spell at Old Trafford, and three and counting at Al Nassr. Meanwhile, his first international hat-trick for Portugal came in a FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Northern Ireland in 2013, and Ronaldo has recorded 10 trebles in total for his country.
Average Rating since joining Al Nassr
Ronaldo’s average rating at Al Nassr is 7.4 (SofaScore), while his goals/assists per-game rate is 1.1.
Ronaldo’s greatest moment for Al Nassr
Ronaldo’s legacy on Al Nassr and Saudi Arabian football was marked when he scored both goals in a 2-1 win against Al Hilal in the Arab Club Champions Cup final in August. It was Al Nassr’s first-ever trophy win in the competition, as Ronaldo scored six times en route to the final to finish as the tournament’s top scorer.
When will Ronaldo get his next hat-trick?
Al Nassr’s next three games in the Saudi Pro League are against Al Ahli (H), Al Tai (A) and Abha (H). And our expectation is that Ronaldo’s next hat-trick won’t come in the next game…
Facing them in a star-studded Saudi Pro League clash on Friday evening, Al Ahli will be a difficult prospect for Al Nassr, as they have won five out of six in the league so far this season. Aptly named ‘The Classy’, Al Ahli sit third in the table, after proven Premier League stars like Riyad Mahrez, Roberto Firmino and Allan Saint-Maximin signed this summer.
Anyone who watched them in their Premier League prime will know that they are a dangerous front three. So far, they’ve scored six goals between them in the green of Al Ahli, while ex-Chelsea goalkeeper and UEFA Champions League winner Edouard Mendy will not be easy for Ronaldo to score past.
Al Nassr should be favourites against Al Tai, even away from home, as the hosts are the joint-lowest scorers in the division with just three in six matches.
Again, Al Nassr will be favourites this time at home against Abha, but the opposition have made some interesting signings that could make a difference and turn the spotlight away from Ronaldo. They include ex-Lyon striker Karl Toko Ekambi (pictured below) and former Lokomotiv Moscow winger Francois Kamano.
Cristiano Ronaldo Al Nassr goals set to keep flying in
Given his career at Al Nassr so far, Ronaldo is expected to keep scoring goals at an incredible rate, even if none of his fixtures in the near future yield a treble. It looks like he will finish off his legacy in Saudi Arabia, and go down as one of the greatest footballers of all time, even if he is pipped by Lionel Messi or Erling Haaland to the 2023 Ballon d’or.
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