Even at 38 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to defy expectations, showcasing his enduring brilliance in his 1,200th career game. In Al Nassr's 4-1 victory over Al Riyadh in the Saudi league, Ronaldo delivered a stellar performance, contributing a goal and an assist. Despite Al Nassr's position, seven points adrift from the top, Ronaldo's personal fitness and goal-scoring prowess remain impressive. With 49 goals in 2023 and 30 already in the current season across all competitions, Ronaldo demonstrates his unwavering commitment to excellence.
In the Saudi league, where opposing fans often taunt him with chants of "Messi, Messi," Ronaldo consistently responds with on-field brilliance, silencing critics and showcasing his scoring prowess. The Saudi broadcaster, acknowledging Ronaldo's remarkable consistency, emphasized, "Ronaldo scores in every game, and Messi? I can hardly remember the last time he played." Ronaldo's ability to thrive amidst the banter reflects his unyielding dedication to his craft.
Wearing an unusual white uniform for Al Nassr, Ronaldo's performance drew comparisons to his illustrious days at Real Madrid, where he enjoyed immense success. The Saudi media highlighted this resemblance, noting that Ronaldo, with his exceptional abilities, resembled the player from his "big, beautiful days at Real Madrid."
Despite the challenges and changes throughout his career, Ronaldo expressed happiness at reaching the milestone of 1,200 career appearances, declaring, "It's an exciting milestone, but I'm not going to stop there." His enduring passion for the game and continuous success underscore his status as one of football's all-time greats.