Al-Nassr FC’s star-studded strikeforce of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mané and Anderson Talisca showcase their prowess once more as their team secured a hard-fought victory against Al-Duhail SC in match 3 of the AFC Champions League. In a day where Manchester United required a Harry Maguire solitary goal and an André Onana last-minute penalty save to win against FC København, Cristiano Ronaldo displayed his ability in clutch situations to dig Al-Nassr FC out of potential trouble. The Portuguese contributed 2 goals and an assist en route to their 4-3 win against Al-Duhail SC.
Al-Nassr FC Are Top of the Table and Has Won 12 of Their Last 13 Games
Al-Nassr FC came into the fixture in dominant form as they remained unbeaten in their last 12 games and won 11 of those matches. The trend seemed all to continue when Talisca opened the scoring for Al-Nassr FC from the edge of the penalty area in the 25th minute after Ronaldo put his magic into full effect with a clever backheel. Mané turned and scored a second 11 minutes after the break, and the result looked all but confirmed when Ronaldo scored a superb third from outside the box to make it 3-0 five minutes later.
However, the Qarati side, led by former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho, scored twice in the next two minutes through Ismaeel Mohammad and Almoez Ali and left the game on a knife-edge. Thus, the always-reliable Portuguese stepped up once more for Al-Nassr FC as he sprinted onto a long ball from Sultan Al Ghannam and lashed home a superb left-foot volley without breaking stride with just 9 minutes remaining.
Although Al-Nassr FC conceded again with 5 minutes left, they eventually held on for their 3 successive wins in the AFC Champions League and recorded their 12 wins in 13 games. They are now in prime position to qualify for the knockout stage if they win the returning fixture against Al-Duhail SC. You can catch the latest news and highlights of the matches on AsiaSport.
to next challenge 💪 pic.twitter.com/mdzoF2pRbT
— AlNassr FC (@AlNassrFC_EN) October 24, 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo Is the Most Prolific Marksman in 2023
2023 has been a strange year for football as massive names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Karim Benzema begin to fade out for players such as Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappé and Jude Bellingham. With claims like Ronaldo escaped to Saudi, Messi cannot achieve anything more in the MLS, the two GOATs stepped up and showed who is standing at the apex of football again.
For example, Lionel Messi is edging ever closer to his 8th Ballon d’Or, and Ronaldo has reaffirmed his status as the most prolific marksman in 2023. The Al-Nassr FC striker has 43 goals this year, exceeding Erling Haaland’s record of 41 after the latest week of football.
According to Al-Duhail SC manager Christophe Galtier, who was in charge of French giants Paris Saint-Germain last season: “When you face Ronaldo, there is not much you can do. He scored two beautiful goals. I am at a loss for words to describe him. What he did today is extraordinary for a 38-year-old. He is still the best player in the world.” It is quite an extraordinary sight for us football fans to continue witnessing greatness from the two GOATs. Thus, stop your idle arguing and just enjoy the time left for these two legends.
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2022:
– Lost his son
– His Lil daughter got hospitalized
– Not starting games
– Erik Ten Hag didn’t respect him
– Man Utd didn’t support him
– Man Utd suspended his contract
– World Cup exit
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2023:
– Most goals in 2023
– Most goals… pic.twitter.com/xnumd9qfgz
— ZEE⁷ 🇵🇹 (@FutbolZEE) October 17, 2023
Is Al-Nassr FC the Favourite to Win the AFC Champions League?
After their win against Al-Duhail SC, Al-Nassr FC looks like strong contenders and even potential winners of the AFC Champions League. With raw player quality like Ronaldo-Mane-Talisca leading the lines, it is quite a daunting task for whoever faces them. However, fans of Al-Nassr FC should not get overly confident as there is still a long road ahead, and fellow Saudi rivals like Al Hilal and Al-Ittihad definitely do not lack the firepower to compete against them. Who is your favourite as we edge closer to the knockout stage? Let us know in the comments below.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace and assist for Al Nassr in a 4-3 win puts them top of their group in the AFC Champions League.
3 games. 3 wins.
He’s also the top scorer in the Saudi Pro League, and tied for most assists.
All at 38 years old 🐐 pic.twitter.com/Klfu2R8vgZ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 24, 2023