In the blink of an eye, 2023 has come to the last day. On December 31, the competition for the top scorer in football of the year finally came to an end.
In the 19th round of the 2023-24 Saudi Arabian League, which ended at 2 o’clock in the morning, Riyadh Victory reversed Buraidah 4-1 away from home. Cristiano Ronaldo led the team to a hearty victory, marking a successful conclusion to 2023.
Who would have thought at first that the 38-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo would have the last laugh in the end, scoring 54 goals in 59 games throughout the year and becoming the top scorer in football in 2023!
In the 19th round of the Saudi Arabian League, Riyadh won an away game against Buraidah. The opponent’s El Mahdivi took the lead, but then Brozovic, Laporte and Otavio successfully scored.
When the game came to an end, in the 92nd minute, Riyadh successfully launched an attack. Seko Fofana took the ball to the penalty area and sent a high-altitude ball. Cristiano Ronaldo in front of the goal jumped up and scored with a header, locking the score at 1-4!
At the end of the game, Riyadh defeated Buraidah 4-1 away from home and won 4 consecutive league victories. Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal successfully ended the team.
At this point, Ronaldo scored his 54th goal in the last game of the year, beating Kane and Mbappe’s 52 goals, and Haaland’s 50 goals, successfully aspired to be the top scorer in football in 2023. This is the fifth time in Ronaldo’s career that he has become the top scorer in football of the year!
The old man is brave and ambitious, and his ambition is thousands of miles. When we are very familiar with the football stars born in 1985 who have left the game, the veteran Cristiano Ronaldo in 1987 still insisted on walking on the career path.
Throughout 2023, Ronaldo played 59 games in various competitions on behalf of the club and national team, successfully scoring 54 goals and 15 assists. The 54 goals included 44 goals in Riyadh’s victory + 10 goals for the Portuguese team.
This is the year in which Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most goals since scoring 55 goals in 2016. Even though he is 38 years old, it makes people feel like he can see him at his peak!
Ronaldo said in a post-match interview, “The whole world is paying attention to the Saudi Professional League now, and I hope to continue to be the world’s top scorer in 2024.”
He later said on social media, “54! When I say it’s over, it’s the end. Thanks again to the team!”
It seems that Ronaldo’s football career is far from over. Although he will become a 39-year-old veteran in February next year, he will continue to challenge the limits on the green field.
This season in Saudi Arabia, Cristiano Ronaldo is definitely the most shining player in the entire league, scoring astonishing 20 goals and 9 assists in 18 rounds, while ranking first in the league’s scorer list and assists list.
In the Saudi arena, this year Cristiano Ronaldo has successfully refreshed his own football scoring records. His total number of goals in his football career has now reached 873!
It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time that a player in Riyadh Victory has become the top scorer in football. In 2019, the team’s main forward, the then 29-year-old Moroccan striker Hamdallah, scored 57 goals and 10 assists in 37 games throughout the year. , helped the team win the Saudi League Championship in the 18-19 season, and became the top scorer in football in 2019 certified by IFFHS.
However, at that time, Saudi Arabian United and Riyadh Victory did not have as strong signings as they do now. Four years later, the overall competitive level has improved to a certain extent. It’s just that many people didn’t expect that it would not be Mitrovic or Benzema who would become the most shining goalscorer of Saudi Arabia in 2023, but the 38-year-old veteran Cristiano Ronaldo!
For Ronaldo, 2023 can be said to be a successful year. Not only did he have another spring in his career and become the top scorer in football this year, Ronaldo’s personal income this year is also quite exaggerated, reaching 235 million euros, ranking the highest Number one in world football! Behind Messi is 122 million euros. It can be said that Ronaldo is almost a cliff-edge leader in football player income this year.
It has to be said that every penny spent by Saudi Arabia for Ronaldo was worth it. Precisely because of Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, Saudi Arabia has received unprecedented attention. As the forerunner among European football stars, major stars have followed closely behind.
Nowadays, there is another challenge that may be difficult waiting for Ronaldo. After scoring 873 goals in his career, it is not impossible for the Portuguese star who is still very motivated to score the 1,000th goal.
1000-873=127. If we look at the efficiency of 59 goals this year, if Ronaldo can maintain his current state for more than 2 years, it is really possible to reach the unprecedented 1,000 goals in his personal football career!
60 goals in 2011, 69 goals in 2013, 61 goals in 2014, 57 goals in 2015, and 54 goals in 2023.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the top scorer in football for the fifth time in his football career. Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo!