Saudi Pro League clubs dominated the headlines during the summer transfer window, welcoming renowned players like Neymar, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Riyad Mahrez to join Cristiano Ronaldo in the Middle East.
Here are the latest updates on these star-studded developments.
Karim Benzema showcased his prowess by scoring a crucial hat-trick for Al-Ittihad, securing a much-needed 4-2 victory over Abha. The Frenchman’s team, previously struggling with five winless domestic outings, delivered a stylish performance on Friday, with Igor Coronado also finding the net. Benzema’s tally now stands at eight goals and four assists in 11 league matches this season.
— Roshn Saudi League (@SPL_EN) November 10, 2023
Mitrovic Al-Hilal triumph in 2-0 win
Meanwhile, Al-Hilal, led by Aleksandar Mitrovic, maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-0 win against Al-Taawoun.
Ronaldo snubbed Santos
In a surprising turn, Cristiano Ronaldo, playing for Al-Nassr, has not communicated with former Portugal coach Fernando Santos since the 2022 World Cup. Santos explained the lack of communication, citing a difficult tactical decision made during the tournament.
Looking ahead, Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United’s club captain since July, is poised to become a target for the Saudi Pro League in their ambitious 2024 transfer plans. Italian journalist Rudy Galetti reports that Saudi representatives plan to meet with the Portuguese playmaker to discuss a potential move to the Middle East.
Celebrating another milestone, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 12th goal of the Saudi Pro League season and his 400th since turning 30, helping Al-Nassr secure a 2-0 victory against Al-Khaleej. The 38-year-old has now amassed an impressive total of 856 goals for both club and country. Aymeric Laporte, a former Manchester City defender, also contributed to the scoreline, with Ronaldo providing an assist as Al-Nassr aims to keep pace with league leaders Al-Hilal, who are currently four points clear at the top after a 2-0 win over Al-Fateh, featuring a goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic.
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CRISTIANO RONALDO WHAT A GOAL OMGpic.twitter.com/P7ZqeBMko1
— Dr Yash (@YashRMFC) November 4, 2023