Ronaldo's 1200th: Ageless Brilliance in Victory
|Otavio of Al Nassr celebrates with his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo (L) after scoring 2nd goal during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Nassr and Al-Riyadh at King Saud University Stadium on December 8, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.(Image-Getty)
Age has passed 38. But there is no sign of age in the field game. Scoring match after match and winning the team. With a few exceptions, this is how Cristiano Ronaldo has looked at Al Nasr this season. However, last night was a little different for Ronaldo. The 1200th match of professional career says that!
Ronaldo himself may have been a little more excited to have such an opportunity, which has also affected the performance on the field. In addition to scoring himself in a 4-1 win against Al Riyadh, he also assisted a teammate. However, the number of goals could have increased if they had not missed a few chances.
At the beginning of this match of the Saudi Pro League in their own field, Al Nasr was dominant. Al Nasr had 67 percent possession of the ball in the match and kept 8 on target with 22 shots. Al Riyad on the other hand managed only one shot in the entire match. Ronaldo put the team ahead with a goal in the 31st minute of the match. Sadio Mane's great tap on the cross put the ball in the net and gave the team the lead 'CR Seven.'
Ronaldo then assisted Portuguese teammate Otavio's goal in added time. Cut into the box from the right edge and lift the ball to Otavio. Otavio hit the target with a header. Then Lista scored two goals for Al Nasr in the second half. In this victory, Al Nasr remained second in the points table with 37 points in 16 matches. Al Hilal at the top has 44 points in 16 matches.
After this great victory in his 1200th match, Ronaldo posted on social media, 'I got three more points. Thanks to all my teammates who helped me reach 1200th match. What a great journey, but we're not done yet.'
Even though Ronaldo reached the milestone of 12th match, he is not the best in match play. Peter Shilton is the former English goalkeeper who played 1387 matches. Earlier in February 2020, Ronaldo reached the 1,000th match milestone for Juventus in Serie A. Ronaldo is the footballer who played the first 200th international match even though he is lagging behind overall. Even Ronaldo owns the most 128 international goals.