Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al-Nasr) and Karim Benzema (36, Al-Tihad), two of the “legendary BBC” trio that dominated European football in the 2010s, were deeply reunited in the Saudi Arabian league.
Ronaldo faced Benzema in an away match in the 18th round of the Saudi Pro League in the 2023-2024 season against Al-Tihad at King Abdulla Sports City Stadium in Jeddah on the 27th (Korea time).
Before the match, the two met at the tunnel, shook hands and chatted brightly. They were full of affection for each other during their nine-year hiatus from 2009 to 2018, when Ronaldo left for Juventus. Ronaldo and Benzema, together with Gareth Bale (retired), formed the BBC trio to win the title for four times in the European Champions League.랭크카지노
Ronaldo entered Saudi Arabia in January after going through Juventus and Manchester United, and Benzema left Real last summer and flew to Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo won the match by decision. Ronaldo allowed Hamed Allah the first goal and scored the equalizer in the 19th minute of the first half when his team was losing 0-1. He scored the come-from-behind goal again with a penalty at 23rd minute of the second half when the score was tying 2-2.
Ronaldo scored two goals on the day, increasing the number of goals to 53 in 2023. He has surpassed his “Lee Kang-in teammate” Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Kim Min-jae’s teammate Harry Kane (Bayern Munich, 52 goals), and Erling Holan (Manchester City, 50 goals). He has virtually confirmed the highest number of goals scored this year. Mbappe and Kane have completed their 2023 schedule, while Hallan has two more games to play but remains injured.
Al-Nasr, who gained a numerical advantage after Fabinho’s dismissal in the 21st minute of the second half, widened the gap with consecutive goals by Sadio Mane, Fabinho’s Liverpool teammate, in the 30th and 37th minutes of the second half. Al-Nasr ended up with a 5-2 victory.
Al-Nasr, who has won three consecutive games thanks to Ronaldo’s three consecutive goals, solidified his position as No. 2 with 43 points. He is seven points shorter than the first-runner Al-Hilal (50 points). In contrast, the defending champion Al-Itihad has been bogged down for three consecutive years.
Ronaldo has scored 17 goals this season, leading the goal tally in the Saudi professional league. Benzema, who has remained silent in the recent three matches including the match against Al-Nasr, tied for sixth with nine goals.