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