Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated scoring the 850th goal in his career, after scoring again in a huge 5-1 victory for Al-Nassr over Al-Hazm in the Saudi Professional Football League yesterday, Saturday.
Ronaldo, 38, the historic top scorer for Portugal and Real Madrid, scored his sixth goal in the last 3 matches to top the league scorers’ ranking after 5 rounds, and provided two assists against Al-Hazm.
And the Spanish newspaper “Marca” stated that Ronaldo became the first player to score 850 goals in official matches in the history of football.
“Another great performance from the team, we continue to develop… 850 goals in my career, and the tally is still going,” said the Portugal captain, after helping Al-Nasr team achieve its third consecutive victory in the league.
After a disappointing start to the season, in which Al-Nasr lost the first two matches, the runner-up scored 14 goals in the last 3 matches, to become 4 points away from leaders Al-Hilal before the international break.
In the scorers’ struggle, Ronaldo is one goal ahead of his Senegalese colleague Sadio Mane, and Moroccan Abdel Razzak Hamdallah, Al Ittihad striker and last season’s top scorer.
Historical legend figures @Cristiano Do not stop! 👏🔥
– Saudi Roshan League (@SPL) September 2, 2023
Al-Mayouf, Al-Hilal goalkeeper, moves to Al-Ittihad
On the other hand, Al-Ittihad, the holder of the Saudi Professional League title, announced its contract with Abdullah Al-Mayouf, the goalkeeper of its rival Al-Hilal, for a period of two seasons.
Al-Mayouf, 36, has lost his main position in Al-Hilal since Moroccan Yassin Bono joined from Seville last month.
Al-Mayouf, who started his career with Al-Hilal, contributed to the team winning the league title 6 times, the AFC Champions League twice, and the King’s Cup 3 times.
Maouf in the stronghold of the tigers 🐅 pic.twitter.com/oc6h3ty49o
– Saudi Al-Ittihad Club (@ittihad) September 2, 2023
He previously played for Al-Ahly between 2007-2016, with whom he also won the league title in addition to the King’s Cup 3 times. He played 11 international matches for his country.
Al-Hilal bid farewell to his guard, through his account on the “X” platform (formerly Twitter), by publishing a picture of him with the titles he achieved with the club, commenting, “A story full of gold, which will always remain one of us.”
A story full of gold 🥇
– AlHilal Saudi Club (@Alhilal_EN) September 2, 2023
Al-Mayouf wrote in his farewell message to Al-Hilal: “Today I leave my home, in which I started a journey that I had always dreamed of before joining him..I leave today and I am proud of representing a club that I have always dreamed of being a contributor to its championships..Years ago, making Al-Hilal fans happy was my goal and the goal of my colleagues.”
Perhaps Al-Mayouf’s participation with his new team will not be guaranteed in the presence of the brilliant goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, unless the federation decides to dispense with the Brazilian goalkeeper.
“God willing, there will be years of joy and championships,” said Al-Mayouf, who will carry the number one shirt in Al-Ittihad.
Praise be to God, my contract was signed with Al-Ittihad Club
I ask God Almighty for success in the coming period. Thank you, Mr. Anmar Al-Haili
Thank you Mr. Ahmed Kaaki
And God willing, there will be years of joy and heroism pic.twitter.com/F5S2JUGTLh
– Abdullah Al-Mayouf (@almayuof) September 2, 2023
The deal comes one day after Al-Hilal’s 4-3 victory over Al-Ittihad in an exciting league summit in which Bono starred, as the blue team snatched the lead from the defending champions.
Local media also indicated that Al Hilal goalkeeper and the veteran Saudi national team, Muhammad Al Owais, moved to Al Shabab in search of playing minutes.