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Cristiano Ronaldo takes his league goals tally past 500

Cristiano Ronaldo
Nassr's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Saudi Pro League football match between Al-Wehda and Al-Nassr at the King Abdulaziz Stadium in Mecca on February 9, 2023. ( Image Source : AFP )

Mecca, February 10: Cristiano Ronaldo was at his best on Thursday at his new club Al Nassr, scoring all four goals in his side’s 4-0 win over Al Wehda and hitting the mark of 500 league goals in his club career.
Ronaldo’s goal spree took his tally to 503 goals. He has scored those in five different leagues and for five different teams.
He hit three for Sporting Lisbon in his fledgling career, 103 for Manchester United over two spells, 311 for Real Madrid and 81 at Juventus.
Ronaldo now has five for Al Nassr who he joined after the World Cup following his bitter divorce from United.
On Thursday, he hit the 500 mark in the 21st minute with a left-footed strike.
He made it 2-0 with his right foot just before the interval before his hat-trick arrived from the penalty spot eight minutes into the second half.
It was his 61st career hat-trick.
He added a fourth just after the hour mark when he was first to a rebound.
Ronaldo had opened his account for his new employers last Friday with a stoppage-time penalty in a 2-2 away draw against Al Fateh.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner holds the all-time records for Champions League and international goals.
After a fallout with Manchester United, Ronaldo’s surprise move saw him going to Al Nassr for reportedly a deal of whopping 400 million euros, half of which is reportedly to promote Saudi Arabia’s expected joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
(ToI With agency inputs)

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