Ighalo edges Ronaldo out Saudi Pro League team of the season

Posted by Timige, On 10 Jun, 2023 | Updated On 13 Jun, 2023 No Comments »


Ronaldo failed to score in his debut game for his new club before going on to score five goals in his next two outings

Super Eagles superstar Odion Ighalo is the best striker in the Saudi pro-league ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo who did not make the team of the season.

The 38-year-old joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr in January after his contract at Manchester United was torn up following a bombshell interview, but a difficult settling in period saw Ronaldo struggle for immediate form.

Al-Nassr finished second in the Pro League standings, five points behind eventual title winners Al-Ittihad who on Thursday unveiled Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema as their latest acquisition.

Ronaldo failed to score in his debut game for his new club before going on to score five goals in his next two outings as he began to settle in new and unfamiliar surroundings.

The Portuguese superstar hit peaks and dips as the second half of the Saudi season progressed, scoring a hattrick in his fifth appearance before enduring a two match goalless spell.

He rounded out the season with a further six goals in nine games, taking his tally for the season to 14 goals in 16 appearances, his lowest return since his second season at Man United in 2006.

The statistical team of the season was based on a 4-1-2-3 formation, giving Ronaldo the chance to be included in either the strikers role or on one of the wings but he was left out altogether.

Instead, former Watford and Man United centre forward Odion Ighalo took the star role in attack and was flanked by Feras Albrikan and Mourad Batna.

Ighalo outperformed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner by scoring 19 goals in 27 games on his way to becoming the Saudi Pro League’s top scorer for the season.

However, two of Ronaldo’s team-mates were included as Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo was picked in centre midfield and Ghislain Konan at left-back.

Ronaldo’s time so far in the oil-rich state has at times been overshadowed by his unsavoury attitude both during and after games.

Source: 234 Sports Ng

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