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Ronaldo's Remarkable Comeback | From World Cup Exit to 2023's Top Scorer

 Ronaldo's Remarkable Comeback | From World Cup Exit to 2023's Top Scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr
Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr runs with the ball during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr at Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium on December 26, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.(Image-Getty) 

After Portugal's exit from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, losing to Morocco, many assumed that Cristiano Ronaldo's reign in football was over. But in just one year, the Portuguese superstar proved those predictions to be false. Ronaldo is going to end the year with the top spot (53 goals) in the list of highest scorers in 2023. On his way to the top of the list, Ronaldo has overtaken stars like Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Arling Holland.

Mbappe and Kane finished the year with 52 goals. And Holland scored 50 goals. Hollande's omission from Manchester City's squad for tonight's match against Sheffield United has confirmed Ronaldo's place at the top. City coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed Holland's absence against Sheffield. When asked about the team's injury situation, Guardiola said, "Nothing has changed since the last match." Previous injured players are there, John Stones has also joined.

It is certain that his goal number will not increase this year due to the absence of Holland. However, if Ronaldo wants, he can increase his number of goals this year for the club and the national team. Al Nasr will take on Al Town tonight in the Saudi Pro League. If you score in this match, 'CR Seven' will rise further.

Topping the year-end goalscorer list is not new for Ronaldo. From 2011 to 2023, Ronaldo was on top of the list 5 times. Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, among others, ended the year as the top scorer twice.

Most goals in a calendar year (since 2011)

Player      Year      Club                Goal

Ronaldo     2011     Real                 60

Messi         2012      Barcelona       91

Ronaldo     2013      Real                 69

Ronaldo     2014      Real                 61

Ronaldo     2015     Real                  57

Messi          2016     Barcelona       58

Harry Kane 2017    Tottenham     56

Bonedjah    2018      Al Saad          58

Abderrazzaq 2019    Al Nasr        57

Lewandowski 2020    Bayern      47

Lewandowski 2021    Bayern      69

Mbappe          2022      PSG           56

Ronaldo         2023       Al Nasr     53*

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