Cristiano Ronaldo has started the new season in great form for Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.
Through his opening five matches of the campaign, the Portuguese great has netted six times, the most of any player in the league that has grown in quality over this most recent transfer window.
He’s additionally added four assists to his haul in that timeframe — the second most of any player in the competition — and he’ll now be hoping to bring that form into this first international break of the season.
Former European champions Portugal’s calendar year for 2023 is dominated by their push to qualify from Group J for Euro 2024 in Germany.
The Selecao are yet to even concede a goal in the campaign ahead of the September qualifiers, putting them in a strong position to go through.
Ronaldo’s own form has been pivotal to their success, scoring four times across three outings for his country.
Here’s a selection of standout odds involving the Portugal captain ahead of their match with Slovakia on Friday.
Cristiano Ronaldo odds to score vs Slovakia
As expected, Ronaldo is extremely shorts odds to score versus Slovakia at any time.
That’s for good reason given his recent goalscoring form over in the Saudi Pro League, whilst he remains one of the most lethal finishers in world football.
Overall, Portugal scored 10 times in three days without reply to start their calendar year, with Ronaldo himself scoring twice on each occasion in emphatic wins over Liechtenstein and Luxembourg as part of the team’s first matches since their surprise defeat to Morocco in the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo odds to score a hat-trick vs Slovakia
With a scarcely believable 63 hat-tricks to his name throughout his career for both club and country, why not pick Ronaldo to get another one in this match?
In fact, the Portugal captain has more hat-tricks (three goals in a single game) than any player in the sport’s history and he doesn’t seem done yet after coming close to two more in his recent matches against Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.
Additionally, Ronaldo holds the record for the most hat-tricks in men’s international football, netting 10 trebles over the course of his career. The 38-year-old is also the record scorer in men’s international football. Ronaldo broke the record of 114 goals previously held by Iran forward Ali Daei by scoring twice against the Republic of Ireland in November 2021.
In 191 appearances for Portugal, Ronaldo has found the back of the net 117 times.