‘From teammates to enemies!

Karim Benzema 토토사이트(36-Al Ittihad) and Cristiano Ronaldo (38-Al Nasr) are in a goal-scoring battle after moving to Saudi clubs. They were tied atop the scoring charts in the 2023 Arab Club Champions Cup (ACC), which preceded the Saudi Arabian League regular season.

Benzema, who moved to Al Ittihad ahead of the season, immediately became a team fixture. He scored in all three of the 2023 ACC Group A matches. Scored the winning goal in three consecutive games to help the team to three straight wins. Currently leads the team in goals.

Ronaldo has also scored two goals in the tournament. Scored a come-from-behind goal in Al Nasr’s 4-1 win over Monastir (Tunisia) in the second leg of their Group C match. In the third group game against Zamalek (Egypt) on Wednesday, he scored the equalizer in the 42nd minute after trailing 1-0 to secure a point and a place in the quarterfinals.

Benzema and Ronaldo, who have emerged as saviors for their respective teams, are the top two scorers in the tournament. Benzema leads the tournament with three goals, while Ronaldo is second with two. With the tournament coming down to the quarterfinals, it will be interesting to see how the top scorers battle it out.

Benzema and Ronaldo could meet in the final. Al Ittihad will meet fellow Saudi Arabian League side Al Hilal in the quarterfinals. Al Nasr will face Morocco’s Razza Casablanca. If both teams win, they won’t meet in the semifinals. If they win both quarterfinals and semifinals, they will meet in the final.

Benzema and Ronaldo have a long history of attacking together at Spanish Primera Liga giants Real Madrid. They joined together in 2009 and played 11 seasons together until 2018. Together, they formed one of Real Madrid’s most potent attacks until Ronaldo moved to Juventus in Italy’s Serie A in 2018. Ronaldo then moved on to Manchester United before joining Al Nasr last year, while Benzema donned the colors of Al Ittihad ahead of this season.

‘Soul mates’ is a thing of the past. Since moving to Saudi Arabia, they’ve been doing their best for different teams. It will be interesting to see how Benzema and Ronaldo’s goal-scoring battle continues, and whether they can meet in the final on a new stage.

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