With a brace in yesterday’s match for Portugal, Cristiano now leads the chart as the top scorer in the year 2023. Since the start of the season, Cristiano Ronaldo has been in exceptional form, scoring goals continuously game after game. He has now surpassed the likes of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe to become the top scorer of this calendar year.
The top three
As already mentioned, Cristiano Ronaldo, followed by Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, are the top three scorers as of today in this year. Cristiano leads the chart with 40 goals, followed by Erling Haaland with 39 goals and the French superstar Kylian Mbappe with 35 goals.
Out of the forty goals Cristiano has scored this year, 31 goals were in Al Nassr’s shirt, while the remaining nine goals were scored by Ronaldo while he was on national duty with Portugal.
Breakdown of Ronaldo’s goals
Ronaldo has scored forty goals and provided nine assists so far this year. He has also scored three hat-tricks this year. He has scored 23 goals from inside the box and three goals from outside the box. He has also managed to score from a free kick twice. He has averaged a goal every 94 minutes this year.
The significant role of penalties
Penalty kicks have played a significant role in Ronaldo being the top scorer of this year as of now. Out of 40 goals, 12 came from the penalty spot, which is 30% of his total goals. His penalty conversion rate this season is 100%. He has been awarded a penalty kick 12 times this year, and he has converted all of them.
14 goals ahead of Messi
Ronaldo is currently 14 goals ahead of his arch-rival Lionel Messi this year. Ronaldo has scored 40 goals, while Messi has scored 26 goals so far in 2023. The difference of fourteen goals between Messi and Ronaldo is mainly because of the number of penalties Ronaldo has been provided. Ronaldo has scored 12 penalties this year. However, Messi has not even taken a single penalty this year.