Roberto Martinez praises Cristiano Ronaldo’s “infectious drive” amid Portugal’s football scene

In February, Cristiano Ronaldo, aged 39, continues to perform exceptionally despite his age, leading in goals for Al-Nassr and excelling for Portugal.

Roberto Martinez Praises Cristiano Ronaldo's Work Ethic
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Ronaldo, who celebrated his 39th birthday in February, continues to defy expectations of aging in the latter phase of his career. The Portuguese star, now playing for Al-Nassr, concluded 2023 as the world’s top male goalscorer and currently leads the Saudi Pro League Golden Boot race with an impressive tally of 22 goals this season. Despite his advancing years, Ronaldo remains a pivotal figure for both his club and the Portuguese national team, as emphasized by manager Martinez, who describes him as the finest player he has ever collaborated with.

Martinez elaborated on Ronaldo’s exceptional qualities, highlighting his relentless drive and unwavering commitment to excellence. Looking ahead to Euro 2024, Martinez acknowledged the competitive landscape, emphasizing the importance of attention to detail in such high-stakes tournaments. He recognized the strengths of other footballing nations like France, England, Belgium, Italy, and Germany, acknowledging their potential to excel in the championship.

With a decorated career already, Ronaldo aims to further enrich his trophy collection before retiring. Despite nearing his 40s, Ronaldo has hinted at prolonging his career and remains under contract with Al-Nassr until 2025. Currently, Ronaldo’s team holds the second spot in the Saudi Pro League standings, trailing Al-Hilal by seven points.

Martinez and Ronaldo will reunite with the Portuguese national team for Euro 2024. Ronaldo, who lifted the trophy with Portugal in 2016, aspires to replicate that success, eyeing a second European title. In the group stages, Portugal is set to face Turkey, Czech Republic, and one of Georgia, Greece, Luxembourg, or Kazakhstan.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Forwarder, Midfielder

PortugalPortugal

Age: 39

188 cm

83 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 25 3 Missed
Minutes 2136 85.4 Avg
Goals 28 1.1 Avg
Assist 10 0.4 Avg
Attempt 31 1.2 Avg
Passes 724 29.081.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 20 times for 1796 minutes for Pro League.

Cristiano Ronaldo  scored 21 goals for Al Nassr. He procured 9 assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Pro League. In the last match Al Nassr won 3-2 against Al Shabab. The next match in Pro League will be against Al Hazm.

Al Nassr performance and stats

Al Nassr

Manager: Luís Ribeiro de Castro
Rank 2nd
Win 22
Draw 2
Loss 4
Goals 83-35
Diff 48

Al Nassr is currently 2nd in the Pro League with 52 points.

In the last 21 games, it has won 17 times, drawn once, and lost 3 times. In its last match, Al Nassr won 2-3 against Al Shabab.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 60 goals and conceding 26.​

Al Nassr will play the next match in Pro League against Al Hazm on Thursday 29th of February in Kennesaw. The prediction is Al Nassr winning the match.​