Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time and even in the twilight years of his career he continues to outscore some of the best footballers in the world right now.
The Portuguese forward has managed to score a whopping 53 goals throughout 2023 which is an absolutely insane return for the Portuguese superstar.
Since making the switch to Al Nassr, the 38-year-old has looked back to his goalscoring best. For club and county, Ronaldo has averaged a goal every 96 minutes throughout the calendar year which is astonishing consistency.
To go along with his excellent goalscoring numbers, Ronaldo has also been a great provider for his teammates this year too. The experienced forward has chipped in with 15 assists this year, taking his overall goal contribution tally to 68 for the calendar year.
We still think that Ronaldo could do a job in Europe, but he seems content enough by smashing it in his new surroundings. One thing you can’t question about the Portuguese legend is his drive and professionalism and it seems he’s still got plenty of years left in him yet.
“They say Ronaldo is finished… But it’s not true,” the former Manchester United star told reporters in September. “I’ll keep playing until my legs say: Cristiano, I’m finished.
“I still have a lot. I still like football and scoring goals. I still like to win. They say I’m finished, but I keep showing that it’s not true.”
There’s no denying that Ronaldo had a tough year last time around as he only scored 16 goals for club and country. However, those who doubted the Portuguese star have been made to eat their words as he has looked as sharp as ever this time around.
Ronaldo scored his 50th goal of the calendar year during Al Nassr’s thrilling 5-2 triumph over Al-Shabab and he promptly took to social media to thank his fans for their support throughout the year.
“Great victory and I’m thrilled to announce my 50th goal in 2023, all thanks to the unwavering support of my teammates, fans, and my family! There’s still room for a few more this year.”
CRISTIANO RONALDO'S 50TH GOAL OF 2023. 😍pic.twitter.com/YZnsBbPGdB
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) December 11, 2023
His longevity at the top is rivalled only by a few players throughout the history of football and even at the age of 38 he has managed to outscore the vast majority of elite forwards in 2023.
To put Ronaldo’s crazy goalscoring numbers into perspective, we have found 15 of the best forwards from around the globe whom Ronaldo has managed to outscore throughout 2023 for club and country.
Goals in 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo – 53 goals
Harry Kane – 52 goals
Kylian Mbappe – 52 goals
Erling Haaland – 50 goals
Romelu Lukaku – 40 goals
Lautaro Martinez – 37 goals
Mohamed Salah – 36 goals
Karim Benzema – 35 goals
Victor Osimhen – 34 goals
Serhou Guirassy – 30 goals
Lois Openda – 29 goals
Lionel Messi – 28 goals
Robert Lewandowski – 28 goals
Antoine Griezmann – 28 goals
Heung-min Son – 26 goals
Marcus Rashford – 23 goals