Ronaldo scores 63rd career hat trick as Al-Nassr defeats Al-Fateh

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and also set up one of Sadio Mane’s two goals as Al-Nassr roared to a 5-0 victory over Al Fateh in their first match of the season in the Saudi Pro League.

After losing the first two games in the fresh season of Saudi Pro League, a statement victory was expected from Al-Nassr and it came in the most spectacular way possible. Ronaldo and the club’s big summer signing of the season Sadio Mane combined to hit five past the Al Fateh goalkeeper.

Ronaldo scores 63rd career hat-trick as Al-Nassr defeats Al-Fateh
Ronaldo on captain duty for Al-Nassr. Source: Getty

Ronaldo and Mane combined for the first goal in the 27th minute of the game. A cheeky backheel from Ronaldo saw Mane open and one-on-one with the keeper as the former Liverpool forward made no mistake in sending the ball into Al Fateh’s net.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the second in the 38th minute, with a header from a Sultan Alganham cross.

In the second half, Al-Nassr came out hungry for more, wanting to extend their lead and continuing to hold the ball.

With the keeper out of his position, Ronaldo was put through clear on goal by Abdulrahman Ghareeb in the 55th minute, and the 38-year-old Portuguese did not make any mistake in sending the ball back into the net.

Ronaldo scores 63rd career hat-trick as Al-Nassr defeats Al-Fateh
Ronaldo celebrates his goal with Mane. Source: Getty

Ronaldo was involved in Mane’s second goal as well. The former Real Madrid forward played the ball from the deep, luring defenders towards him before finding Ghareeb on the left flank who then crossed it in the box for Mane to head it in for his brace.

Hungry to get his 63rd career hat trick, Ronaldo tapped one in from close range in the added time of the game.

With the victory over Al-Fateh, Al Nassr will be hopeful of continuing to add proven quality to their ranks in what remains of the transfer window.

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