Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on May 27, 2024. Image: Fayez NURELDINE / AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Saudi Pro League scoring record

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record for the most goals in a Saudi Pro League season in Al Nassr’s final game of the campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on May 27, 2024. Image: Fayez NURELDINE / AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record for the most goals in a Saudi Pro League season when he struck for the 34th and 35th time in Al Nassr’s final game of the campaign.

“I don’t follow the records, the records follow me,” the 39-year-old Portuguese forward tweeted afterwards.

Ronaldo became the first player to top score in four different leagues around the world, adding the Saudi Pro League to La Liga (3 times), Serie A and the Premier League.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s most-capped footballer

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star struck in first-half stoppage time and again in the 69th minute with a header as Al Nassr defeated Al Ittihad 4-2 at home on Monday.

The previous record for most goals in a single season was the 34 scored by the Moroccan Abderrazak Hamdallah in 2018/19.

Al Nassr were already assured of a second-placed finish, coming a distant 14 points behind champions Al Hilal.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Riyadh-based Al Nassr in December 2022, the start of an influx of overseas players to the Saudi league on lucrative contracts.

Ronaldo, who led Portugal to victory at the 2016 Euros, has been selected for the squad for this year’s edition in Germany next month – his 11th international tournament.

He is the most capped player in men’s international football with 206 appearances and has scored a record 128 goals.