Al-Nassr star Ronaldo already has experience of playing and scoring regularly in Saudi Arabia, after netting 14 times in last season’s competition.
Ronaldo scored two league hat-tricks in February, including a stunning four-goal haul against Al-Wehda, although his team ended up finishing second to Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Pro League table last season.
Al-Ittihad already have prolific goalscorer Abderrazak Hamdallah in their ranks and this season they have added Real Madrid great Benzema.
Benzema joined Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia after an incredible 14 seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he won the Champions League five times.
Striker Benzema is younger than Ronaldo and still playing at a high level – he was the Ballon d’Or winner in 2022 and would have played at the World Cup for France had he not been injured.
In statistics that will worry Saudi Pro League defenders, Benzema scored 75 goals across his last two seasons with Real Madrid.
Al-Ittihad have also signed N’Golo Kante from Chelsea and Liverpool star Fabinho, so Benzema has an impressive supporting cast.
Manchester United and Real Madrid great Ronaldo also has a strong group of team-mates.
Brazilian attacker Talisca was with him last season and they have also been joined by new signings Sadio Mane, Seko Fofana, Otavio, Aymeric Laporte and Marcelo Brozovic.
Last year’s third-placed team and King’s Cup winners Al-Hilal, traditionally the team to beat in the Saudi Pro League, looked strong after bringing in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Malcom, Ruben Neves, Mitrovic and Kalidou Koulibaly. But they saved the best until last, with Neymar agreeing to join the club.
Al-Ahli landed a host of star names like Roberto Firmino, Riyad Mahrez, Allan Saint-Maximin and Franck Kessie.
Steven Gerrard and Al-Ettifaq have brought in Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, with their attack led by Moussa Dembele.
Therefore a thrilling battle is taking place for Saudi Pro League glory and there is a similarly exciting race in the top goalscorer charts.
Keep this page saved throughout the 2023/24 season, as standings will appear here documenting the top scorers in the Saudi Pro League, with updates coming after each matchday.
Saudi Pro League top scorers 2023/24
Cristiano Ronaldo is the Saudi Pro League top scorer, although he is locked in an entertaining Golden Boot battle with the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Karim Benzema in the goal rankings.
Some of the biggest names playing in Saudi Arabia already feature prominently in the Golden Boot race, but it is in-form Ronaldo who remains top of the standings with 20 strikes, the most goals of any player in the 2023/24 season.
Ronaldo is on superb form. He has 20 goals in his last 17 Saudi Pro League games and the Portugal great has a three-goal lead in the Golden Boot race.
He scored in Saturday’s 4-1 win for Al-Nassr away against Al-Taawoun to become the first player to reach 20 goals in the Saudi Pro League this season.
Ronaldo also struck twice in the dramatic 5-2 win over Al-Ittihad on December 26. His team-mate Sadio Mane also scored a double, while Anderson Talisca was on the mark too.
His lead at the top of the scoring standings had recently been reduced by Mitrovic, who netted twice as leaders Al-Hilal beat Al-Nassr 3-0 at the start of this month as part of a run that has seen him score in 10 consecutive Saudi Pro League games.
But Ronaldo’s star performance against Al-Ittihad continued a prolific 2023 and gave him a bigger cushion in the standings once again, with his latest goal seeing him hit a key milestone.
After his heroics in leading Al-Nassr to glory in the Arab Club Champions Cup, Ronaldo was forced to miss his team’s Saudi Pro League opener against Al-Ettifaq due to an injury sustained in the final.
That was a blow for Ronaldo, who had scored six goals in a brilliant Champions Cup campaign to warm up for the league season in style by winning his first silverware in Saudi Arabia.
And his absence proved costly as Al-Nassr lost to Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq, with Moussa Dembele – who has since reached seven goals this season – among the scorers.
Portugal great Ronaldo was back in action for Al-Nassr’s second match, but his team suffered a shock home defeat to Al-Taawoun, so the forward’s fine displays since then have come at an ideal time for both him and his team to kickstart the Saudi Pro League campaign.
Ronaldo already has a hat-trick this season, scoring a treble as Al-Nassr thrashed Al-Fateh 5-0. He also set up one of the two goals scored by Sadio Mane in what was a fantastic outing for the Arab Club Champions Cup winners.
It was a stunning performance from Ronaldo, who produced three lethal finishes. But his flick to set up Mane was arguably his best moment. That treble has helped to propel him to the summit in the early Saudi scoring standings and he has kept the position since.
Al-Nassr have also stormed to a massive 5-1 away win over Al-Hazm, with Ronaldo scoring once and adding two assists in another fine performance. Mane was also on target once again.
Additionally, Ronaldo struck two penalties as Al-Nassr defeated Al-Shabab 4-0 and then scored in Matchday 6 as his team defeated Al-Raed, before grabbing another double as Al-Nassr won 4-3 in a crunch clash with Al-Ahli.
Some of his most notable recent strikes were winning goals as Al-Nassr battled to 2-1 wins over Al-Tai and Damac.
Ronaldo netted a trademark free-kick against Damac to bolster his position in the Saudi scoring standings and also netted twice in a 3-0 home win for Al-Nassr against Al-Okhdood in November, an outing that included a stunning and audacious 40-yard lob.
A super strike from outside the box as Ronaldo’s team defeated Al-Khaleej 2-0 to remain close to leaders Al-Hilal in the standings was another standout moment.
Ronaldo now has 20 goals in his last 17 Saudi Pro League games, while team-mates Mane and Anderson Talisca are part of a large group of players chasing him. Talisca is up to 11 goals, with Mane on eight.
Talisca is among Ronaldo’s closest challengers as things stand in the Golden Boot race.
Al-Nassr star Talisca already has a proven track record in Saudi Arabia after netting 20 Pro League goals in each of the last two seasons.
He was the player who starred for Al-Nassr in their match at Al-Feiha, netting twice in a 3-1 win, while he also had a double against Al-Riyadh.
Abderrazak Hamdallah and Benzema both feature in the goalscoring standings in Saudi Arabia. Benzema had an unusual game for Al-Ittihad in the 1-1 draw with Al-Taawoun, scoring at both ends of the pitch, cancelling out his own strike with an unfortunate own goal. He followed that up with a goal in the 2-2 draw with Al-Hazm.
Benzema scored his first Saudi Pro League hat-trick on November 10 as Al-Ittihad won 4-2 against Abha.
Hamdallah has 10 goals, while the hat-trick has helped Benzema up to nine. The former Real Madrid striker has impressed since he scored his first in Saudi Arabia on Matchday 3 against Al-Riyadh.
There have been a total of 12 hat-tricks so far this season, with the most recent being Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scoring a treble in Al-Hilal’s 7-0 win over Abha.
Previously, Mitrovic scored a hat-trick as Al-Hilal came from behind to beat Al-Ittihad 4-3 in an epic encounter. While that match in September was the highlight, the ex-Fulham forward has enjoyed an impressively consistent campaign and sits not far behind Ronaldo in the chasing pack.
Odion Ighalo also scored a treble as Al-Wehda beat Damac 4-2, while Bernard Mensah was another hat-trick scorer for Al-Tai, even though his team lost 4-3 to Al-Ettifaq.
Two of the hat-tricks were scored on the opening weekend. Roberto Firmino made a stunning start to life at his new club, scoring a hat-trick on his debut for Al-Ahli as they defeated Al-Hazm 3-1.
The former Liverpool star netted a fantastic treble in the first match of the new Saudi Pro League season, though he has not struck since.
Another new arrival to the league, Malcom, started with a treble in week one. Al-Hilal won 3-1 at Abha in their first match, with the former Barcelona winger scoring all the goals.
He has since moved on to nine goals for the campaign after becoming the first player to score two hat-tricks this season, by netting another treble on November 25 as Al-Hilal smashed Al-Hazm 9-0.
Elsewhere, Firas Al-Buraikan, the highest-scoring Saudi Araba international who played in the Pro League last season, is already impressing. Al-Buraikan moved from Al-Fateh to Al-Ahli early in the campaign and has 11 goals so far, while former Rangers striker Fashion Sakala is on seven.
The most recent matchday was the final one of 2023 and also the last before the mid-season break. Unbeaten Al-Hilal lead Al-Nassr by seven points after 19 matches of the campaign.
Al-Ittihad have a game in hand on the other teams so will face Al-Tai on February 7, a week before the full restart.
All Saudi Pro League teams are back in action on the next full matchday which starts on February 15, with nine matches scheduled for that week as Ronaldo bids to continue fending off the challenge from Mitrovic, Talisca and Benzema.
Saudi Pro League top scorers 2022/23
Abderrazak Hamdallah was the top scorer in the Saudi Pro League in the 2022/23 season.
The Morocco international starred for champions Al-Ittihad, netting 21 goals in just 26 top-flight appearances.
|1. Abderrazak Hamdallah
|3. Odion Ighalo
|4. Firas Al-Buraikan
|5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Hamdallah narrowly beat Al-Nassr attacking midfielder Talisca to the Golden Boot crown. Talisca scored 20 times to finish just behind Hamdallah.
Odion Ighalo claimed third place in the standings after scoring 19 times for Al-Hilal. He had won the Golden Boot in the 2021/22 campaign.
Firas Al-Buraikan was the top Saudi player, scoring 17 goals for Al-Fateh, while Cristiano Ronaldo came in fifth place despite only joining halfway through the season.
Ronaldo impressively netted 14 times in only 16 Saudi Pro League outings.
Saudi Pro League Golden Boot: Previous winners
|Abderrazak Hamdallah (3)
|Abderrazak Hamdallah (2)
Abderrazak Hamdallah is a three-time Golden Boot winner after his most recent success in 2022/23.
He previously came out on top in 2018/19 and 2019/20, before successes were claimed by Bafétimbi Gomis and Odion Ighalo.
In scoring 34 times in the 2018/19 campaign, Hamdallah set the Saudi Pro League record for most goals in a season. If they can stay fit, few would bet against Ronaldo or Benzema challenging that milestone in the coming years.
Who are the Saudi Pro League top scorers of all time?
Al-Nassr great Majed Abdullah is the top all-time Saudi Pro League goalscorer. He played in the league between 1977 and 1997 and remarkably scored 189 goals in 194 games.
Two players from the modern era, Nasser Al-Shamrani and Omar Al Somah, are on the podium with Abdullah.
Abderrazak Hamdallah is already up to sixth place overall, having netted 110 goals in just 113 appearances as of the start of this season.
SPL all-time top scorers
|1. Majed Abdullah
|2. Nasser Al-Shamrani
|3. Omar Al Somah
|4. Fahd Al-Hamdan
|5. Yasser Al-Qahtani
|6. Abderrazak Hamdallah