Ronaldo scores his 4th hat trick of Saudi Pro League season

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth hat trick of the Saudi Pro League season on Saturday as Al Nassr thrashed Al Wehda 6-0.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner now has 32 league goals this season, two short of Abderrazak Hamdallah‘s record tally of 34 back in the 2018-19 campaign, with four games still to play.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in Riyadh in the fifth minute after intercepting a poor clearance from goalkeeper Monir El Kajoui.

Seven minutes later, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star grabbed his second, heading home a cross from Marcelo Brozovic. Early in the second half, Ronaldo’s shot from just inside the area secured his hat trick in Al-Nassr’s seventh successive win.

Ronaldo’s perfect hat trick — scored with the left foot, right foot and head– elevated his total for the season at club level to 45 goals, his most since scoring 51 for Real Madrid in 2015-16, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

His fellow Portuguese star Otavio also scored as did Senegal forward Sadio Mane and Mohammed Al-Fatil.

The win moves nine-time Saudi Arabian champion Al Nassr to nine points behind leader Al Hilal.