38 and Still Going Strong! Ronaldo Lights Up 1,200th Game with Goal and Leadership

The soccer legend played his 1200th jubilee game, only a few players have played more games than him

by Sededin Dedovic
38 and Still Going Strong! Ronaldo Lights Up 1,200th Game with Goal and Leadership
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Portuguese soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo achieved another milestone in his career, celebrating his 1,200th professional soccer match with a goal and a decisive victory for his current club Al Nassr. In Friday's match in Riyadh, 38-year-old Ronaldo scored in the 33rd minute and assisted Otavio's goal in the 45th+3 minutes to help Al Nassr beat city rivals Al Riyadh 4-1.

Before the game, a special ceremony was held at Al Nasra Stadium to honor Ronaldo's remarkable achievement. This celebratory atmosphere set the stage for an exciting match, with Ronaldo displaying his trademark prowess and leadership throughout.

Anderson Talisca extended Al Nassr's lead further in the 67th minute, before Andy Gray pulled one back for Al Riyadh two minutes later. Talisca then scored in the 90th+4th minute with his second goal of the match, sealing a convincing win for Al Nassr.

According to many, Ronaldo is the best player in the world of soccer of all time

During his illustrious career, Ronaldo represented some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Sporting (31 games, 5 goals), Manchester United (346 games, 145 goals), Real Madrid (438 games, 450 goals) and Juventus (134 games, 101 goals).

He also amassed an incredible 205 appearances for the Portuguese national soccer team, scoring a remarkable 129 goals. Only a few players have surpassed Ronaldo's total number of soccer matches played. English goalkeeper Peter Shilton (1,375), another Englishman Paul Bestok (1,286), and Brazilians Rogerio Ceni (1,237) and Fabio (1,212) are the only players currently ahead of Ronaldo.

With his dedication, talent and unwavering passion for the sport, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to defy expectations and set new standards in the world of soccer at the age of 38 (a very old age in soccer). His performance in his 1,200th soccer match marked the match with a goal, and if he continues to play like this, we might be watching his 1300th game.