Cristiano Ronaldo has obviously overturned his underwhelming start to the Saudi Pro League with another sterling performace for Al-Nassr.
The former Manchester United forward scored his second hat-trick in three games for Saudi side in a thrilling encounter against Damac.
Cristiano Ronaldo produced a stunning display, scoring all three goals in the first half of the encounter to give Al-Nassr a deserved 3-0 lead.
He opened the scoring in the game after Al-Nassr won a penalty. The 38-year-old took the penalty and fired it into the left hand corner to give Al-Nassr the lead.
After the first goal, Ronaldo made it 2-0 for Al-Nassr with a great finish fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the opponents’ box.
After the second goal, the former Real Madrid star took to his trademark celebration in front of thousands of fans in the stadium.
The third goal was another stunner from the five-times Ballon d’Or winner. Teammate Abdulrahman Ghareeb had set him up in the opponents’ box after a brilliant run before, helping him net his 62nd hat-trick.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now increased his goal tally for Al-Nassr to eight goals and has reportedly moved up to fourth in the Saudi Pro League’s top scorers’ chart.
Al-Nassr capitalised on Ronaldo’s spectacular display to win the game and reclaimed their position on top of the Saudi Pro League after their arch rivals and title contenders Al-Ittihad were held to a draw by Al-Raed.
A turning point in Cristiano Ronaldo’s career?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s legendary football career hit the rocks in his second spell at Manchester United.
After the arrival of Erik Ten Hag, Cristiano Ronaldo struggled to break into Manchester United’s starting eleven and cut a frustrated figure in Man United bench.
He was reduced to cameo appearances off the bench, soiling his relationship with the former Ajax manager.
Ronaldo’s struggles led to a boiling tension between him and Erik Hag which led to his explosive interview that spelled doom to his Man United career. His contract was terminated.
With months reamaining in his contract, Cristiano Ronaldo turned a free agent following the termination of his contract.
The five times Ballon d’Or winner hoped to remain in European topflight, anticipating offers from Champions League clubs.
It was linked to a number of clubs but could not seal a deal with any club as none indicated interest in signing the 38-year-old.
After a disappointing spell in the 2022 World Cup with Portugal, Ronaldo trained in Real Madrid facility as a free agent before making a multi-million move to Saudi club Al-Nassr to continue his career.
The former Juventus forward struggled at Al-Nassr in his first few games for the club. After his first goal which he scored from the penalty spot, Cristiano Ronaldo blanked in two straight appearances and was blamed by Al-Nassr boss Rudi Garcia for the club’s Saudi Super Cup semifinal loss to Al-Ittihad.
However, despite his underwhelming start to his Al-Nassr career, Ronaldo has sparkled in his last three games for Al-Nassr.
He bagged four goals against Al-Wheda, delivered 3 assists against Al-Raed before banging three goals against Damac to send Al-Nassr to the top of the Saudi Pro League.
Obviously, Cristiano Ronaldo has picked the broken pieces of his previously mangled career, but it is still unclear how long he will stay in the game after he clocked 38 recently.
Ronaldo Three Goals Vs Damac (Full Highlights)