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Ronaldo scores his 4th hat trick of Saudi Pro League season

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth hat trick of the Saudi Pro League season on Saturday as Al-Nassr thrashed Al-Wehda 6-0.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner now has 32 league goals this season, two short of Abderrazak Hamdallah’s record tally of 34 back in the 2018-19 campaign, with four games still to play.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in Riyadh in the fifth minute after intercepting a poor clearance from goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi.

Seven minutes later, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star grabbed his second, heading home a cross from Marcelo Brozovic. Early in the second half, Ronaldo’s shot from just inside the area secured his hat trick in Al-Nassr’s seventh successive win.

His fellow Portuguese star Otavio also scored as did Senegal forward Sadio Mane and Mohammed Al-Fatil.

The win moves nine-time Saudi Arabian champion Al-Nassr to nine points behind leader Al-Hilal.

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