The win was also a relief for Al Nassr, who has had a mixed run against European sides, including two defeats against Benfica and Celta Vigo.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s side Al Nassr set another goalscoring record with a 4-1 win over US Monastir in an Arab Club Champions Cup match at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Historic Performance in 4-1 Al Nassr Victory
With a precise header in the 74th minute, Ronaldo initiated the turnaround, setting a new football record with his 145th header goal, and breaking Gerd Müller’s former mark of 144 goals.
This was Al Nassr’s first win of the season, after a goalless draw against Al-Shabab in the previous match.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the highest header goalscorer in football history. Al Nassr opened the match in attack with former Inter Milan legend Marcelo Brozovic starting the attack alongside former Lens captain Seko Fofana.
An attack launched by Brozovic in the 42nd minute finally brought the breakthrough. A long ball from Croatia down the left flank was well received by Abdulrahman Gharib, who set up Andersen Taliska to open the scoring.
However, six minutes after the hour, Al Nassr defender Ali Lajami made a mistake trying to clear the ball and took the ball into his own net, leaving the ball square.
Ronaldo then scored the 839th goal of his career and the stadium erupted with his record-breaking strike.
After that the momentum of the game completely shifted in Al Nassr’s favor, with Abdullah Al-Amri and Abdulaziz Saud Al Elewai scoring two goals in two minutes in the last minutes of the match.
The win keeps Al Nassr top of their group in the King Salman Club Cup, level with Al Shabab on points but ahead on goal difference.
The result was a relief for Ronaldo’s side, who have had a mixed run against European sides, including two defeats against Benfica and Celta Vigo.
Monastir, on the other hand, slipped to the bottom of the table and are the only team in their group without a single point. Al Nassr will play Egyptian side Zamalek SC on Thursday while Monastir will face Al Shabab in the final round of group-stage matches.