The Portuguese icon racked up his 1,200th professional match on Friday night as Al-Nassr ran out comfortable 4-1 winners, and he was typically influential. Ronaldo tapped home the opener from Sadio Mane’s cross and followed that up with a fine cross to set up compatriot Otavio.
- THE BIGGER PICTUREThe result leaves Al-Nassr second in the table, still some way behind Al-Hilal who have opened up a seven-point lead courtesy of a win over Ronaldo and co last time out. The veteran is, though, the top scorer in the Saudi Pro League with a remarkable 16 goals in 15 games.
- DID YOU KNOWRonaldo played the majority of his 1,200 matches for Real Madrid, where he made 438 appearances. He has racked up 346 matches across two spells with Manchester United, and he has a whopping 205 caps for Portugal.Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton holds the record for most competitive professional appearances in men’s football with 1,387, per the BBC.
- WHAT RONALDO SAIDThe 38-year-old superstar was evidently overjoyed to reach the 1,200-game milestone and evidently still believes he has a lot to give in the twilight of his career. Taking to social media after the game, he wrote: “Three more points! Thankful to all my team mates who helped me reach my 1200th match. What a ride, but we’re not done yet!”