Hamdallah, Ighalo and Ronaldo feature in exciting race to become 2022/23 Roshn Saudi League top scorer
If Roshn Saudi League’s title fight and relegation battle are becoming more dramatic by the matchweek, something similar could be said about the golden boot race.
With most teams having nine games remaining, it looks like a half-dozen names are in the running to be crowned as top scorer.
At the top of the rankings is a player that has already won the prize on two previous occasions. It is ominous for the rest of the league that Abderrazak Hamdallah scored a hat-trick at the weekend when Al Ittihad ran out 5-1 winners at sixth-placed Al-Fateh, a hugely impressive result, to stay top.
The Morocco marksman guarantees goals and he now has 15 in this campaign. Al Ittihad have conceded an incredible seven goals in 21 games this season, and when you add a striker such as Hamdallah in good form, then they are going to take some stopping.
As well as a hat-trick of goals, the striker is on course for a hat-trick of golden boots, to add to the ones collected in 2018/19 and 2019/20 when he was with Al Nassr.
Al Nassr are now in second and after Hamdallah’s goals on Saturday, so is their Brazilian talisman Talisca. The South American had missed several games of late, through suspension and then injury.
He won’t care about that too much as his late penalty at home to Abha gave Al Nassr a come-from-behind 2-1 win to keep the Riyadh club a point behind the leaders.
With Carlos Jr picking up an injury for Al Shabab while on AFC Champions League duty in February, the Brazilian may not get too many chances to add to his tally of 12 goals. But the same can’t be said of Odion Ighalo.
The Al Hilal striker, top scorer last season, is quietly back in top form. After bagging a brace in last week’s 4-0 win at Al Taawoun, the Nigerian was on the scoresheet once again as the champions defeated Ettifaq 3-0.
After their heroic exertions at the FIFA Club World Cup and the AFC Champions League, Ramon Diaz’s men are moving up through the gears and with Ighalo banging the goals in, anything could happen. They may be 11 points behind Al Ittihad but with two games in hand, the situation is better than this time last season when they went on to lift the trophy.
In fifth is the highest-ranked local goalscorer, as Firas Al-Buraikan has ten to his name. It is even-more impressive as the 22-year-old is with Al Fateh, a team that are going well in sixth but are not one of the title hopefuls.
And then there is Cristiano Ronaldo. With nine goals in nine games, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the golden boot could be added to his already enormous list of personal achievements and prizes.