Cristiano Ronaldo Has More League Goals in a Single Saudi Pro League Season Than Lionel Messi Since He Left Barcelona

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Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has opened another chapter in the GOAT DEBATE as a new stunning statistic emerges.

Football will soon miss the enduring talents and brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo and his arch-rival Lionel Messi. The pair are closing in on the twilights of their career but have continued to shine bright for their respective clubs.

Old but green is the fair word for both but it appears Cristiano Ronaldo is acing it lately over Leo. New stats shared by ESPN show Cristiano Ronaldo has more league goals in a single season with Al-Nassr than Lionel Messi since the latter left Barcelona in 2021.

As of the time of filing this report, Ronaldo tallied a season-best tally of 35 goals in the Saudi Pro League while Lionel Messi’s total goals since he left Barcelona is less.

Messi has played in two different leagues – the French Ligue 1 in France and now MLS in the USA – after he left Barcelona. He scored 6 league goals for PSG in his first season in Ligue 1; scored 16 in his second and last season; scored 1 in his first MLS season; and now 11 so far this season.

This adds up to 34 league goals since he left Barcelona. In contrast, Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed the Argentine’s tally by a goal – all scored in a single campaign with Al-Nassr.

Pertinent to note, Ronaldo’s 35 league-goal tally for Al-Nassr in the just-concluded 2023-24 Saudi Pro League campaign is the highest league goal ever scored by a player in a single season in the Saudi elite division.

Ronaldo broke the record, which was previously held by Moroccan forward Abdelrazzak after he scored a brace in his last Saudi Pro League final matchday victory over Al-Ittihad.

For context purposes, Messi is also accentuating brilliance with Inter Miami but it appears Ronaldo has won the bragging rights lately for uncommon on-field heroics with Al-Nassr.

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