2023 Top Scorers: Kane & Mbappe Surpass Ronaldo's Number 1 Spot, Haaland Faces Potential Drop

The race to find the player with the most goals in 2023 is extremely fierce.

Even though Ronaldo is 38 years old, he still shows extremely impressive performance. Recently, he scored and contributed to Al Nassr's 5-2 victory over Al Shabab. In 2023, the Portuguese superstar has scored 50 goals after 56 appearances for the national team and club, a number equal to Haaland and also the best in world football.

Ronaldo is currently 1 goal ahead of Kane and Mbappe, but that doesn't mean CR7 is on the way to ending 2023 with the number one scoring record. The reason lies in the Portuguese superstar's not-so-easy playing schedule.

Ronaldo leads the scoring race in 2023, but the rivals behind him are ready to overtake him

From now until the end of 2023, Ronaldo can play a maximum of 3 matches. He and Al Nassr respectively encountered Al Ittifaq, Al Ittihad and Al Taawon. Notably, these are opponents that are not easy for Al Nassr even when they have Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has never scored against Al Ittifaq, Al Ittihad and Al Taawon. In addition, Al Nassr must play away from home in 2 matches.

Looking at Mbappe, he also has 3 matches left until the end of 2023. Meanwhile, Kane has 2 matches left. However, the matches of these two players have "lighter" difficulty than Ronaldo.

As for Kane, he and Bayern faced MU but did not score, and have 2 matches left against Stuttgart and Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg's defense did not play well, conceding 10 goals in the last 5 matches. This is a good opportunity for Kane to significantly improve his performance.

Looking at Mbappe, he is about to join PSG in the decisive match against Dortmund in the C1 Cup (3:00 a.m., December 14). After that, the French striker faced Lille and Metz. Dortmund already has tickets to continue, so it is expected that they will not be too aggressive when playing against PSG.

Lille and Metz are not worthy opponents of the home team at Parc des Princes. Not to mention Mbappe is very lucky to score every time he meets these two teams.

Haaland is currently on par with Ronaldo in the race to find the person who scores the most goals in 2023. However, the Norwegian striker is expected to be out of action until the end of 2023 due to a recent foot injury. With such a situation, Haaland clearly has a very high risk of being left behind by Ronaldo, Mbappe and Kane.

(King's Cup quarterfinals) Cristiano Ronaldo shined in the goal-heavy match between Al Shabab and Al Nassr.

Even though they had to be guests, Al Nassr did not hesitate to push the team up to press Al Shabab. In the 13th minute, Ronaldo shot a dangerous free kick through the wall and only the brilliance of goalkeeper Kim Seung Gyu helped Al Shabab escape defeat.

Football video Al Shabab - Al Nassr: Ronaldo shines, 7-goal feast (King's Cup) - 1

Ronaldo contributed to Al Nassr's big victory

Just 1 minute later, Al Shabab received a penalty after Carrasco was knocked down in the penalty area. But on the 11m mark, the Belgian player slipped and finished the goal.

In the 17th minute, Al Nassr opened the score after Fofana's kick. In the 24th minute, Carlos headed the equalizer for Al Shabab. But just 4 minutes later, Mane restored Al Nassr's lead with an exemplary counterattack. Before the first half ended, Ronaldo wisely dropped the ball so Ghareeb could easily score from close range to increase the gap.

In the second half, Ronaldo finally put his name on the scoreboard. In the 74th minute, CR7 coordinated 1-2 with Otavio and then entered the penalty area and decisively finished, not giving goalkeeper Kim Seung Gyu a chance to block.

At the end of the match, fans continued to witness more goals. In the 90th minute, Bahebri shortened the score for Al Shabab after a poor catch by goalkeeper Alaqidi. However, Al Nassr continued to score more goals thanks to Maran in extra time.

Winning the match, Ronaldo and his teammates won the right to enter the King's Cup semi-finals.

Final score: Al Shabab 2-5 Al Nassr (First half: 1-3)


Al Shabab: Carlos 24', Bahebri 90'

Al Nassr: Fofana 17', Mane 28', Ghareeb 45+4', Ronaldo 74', Maran 90+6'

Starting lineup

Al Shabab: Kim Seung Gyu, Al Saqour Al Yami, Santos, Saiss, Hamad Al Yami, Kanabah, Alqahtani, Al Muwallad, Carlos, Carrasco, Radif

Al Nassr: Alaqidi, Al Ghannam, Lajami, Laporte, Yahya, Brozovic, Fofana, Mane, Otavio, Ghareeb, Ronaldo

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