Cristiano Ronaldo Reunites With Karim Benzema: Former Real Madrid teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema reunited as Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr took on Benzema’s Al-Ittihad. The two superstars were seen hugging and chatting before the match.
Al-Ittihad took on Al-Nassr in a Saudi Pro League match on December 26. White the two teams are miles apart in the league table when it comes to points, the match-up was made special by the stars playing. While Al-Nassr had stars like Sadio Mane, Ayemeric Laporte, and CR7 on their side, Al-Ittihad had names like Ngolo Kante, Fabinho, and Benzema.
Apart from the sheer star power of the match, the result was as expected as the second-placed Al-Nassr thrashed the sixth-placed Al-Ittihad 5-2. Cristiano bagged two goals for his side from the spot, but it was Sadio Mane’s two late goals that sealed the match.
Ronaldo’s second penalty, taken in the 68th minute, was caused by Benzema. The French striker kicked an opposition player inside his box.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Reunites With Karim Benzema
Despite a match full of goals, it was Ronaldo and Benzema’s reunion that made the headlines. The two played nine years together at Real Madrid and were even part of the lauded BBC trio alongside Gareth Bale.
Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo reunites with Karim Benzema
With his two goals in this match, Cristiano Ronaldo also became the highest goalscorer in 2023 with 53 goals. He surpassed Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe who are on 52. Erling Haaland on 50 rounds out the list of the only four players who have crossed the 50-goal mark in 2023.
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