Ronaldo ‘very proud’ to beat Saudi Pro League record

Cristiano Ronaldo said he is “very proud” of breaking the Saudi Pro League single-season scoring record with 35 goals.

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Ronaldo on breaking Saudi Pro League record

The Al Nassr superstar broke the league record in a season of 34, set by Abderrazak Hamdallah in 2018-19.

Ronado, who joined Al Nassr in December 2022, took the opportunity to thank the squad for helping him set the record.

“To be honest it means a lot because it’s my work,” the Portugal international said. “I have to be honest and say it’s not something I was looking for at the beginning of the season but over time I started to see that it was possible. So, I have the opportunity to say thank you to my teammates because without the team nothing individually would have been possible.

“I feel very proud to beat the Saudi league record. It’s great for me, I feel happy. And this is my motivation to play football, to train every time and to carry on like that.”

However, Ronaldo and Al Nassr only finished second in the SPL behind Al Hilal.

The 39-year-old forward also failed to win a trophy in any of the Asian Champions League, Saudi Super Cup and Saudi King’s Cup.

EURO 2024 ready

Nonetheless, Ronaldo is set to link up with his Portugal teammates ahead of this summer’s Euro 2024.

The 2016 champions are drawn against Czech Republic, Turkey, and Georgia in the group stage.

“I think the goals for each season is the kind of the same, it’s to do your best and win titles. If possible, to collect individual [trophies] as well but my goal is to be the same — to be the same Cristiano that you saw this season, to do my best, to achieve goals with Al Nassr and with my Portugal national team as well. To maintain my level is what I’m looking for,” Ronaldo said.