Ronaldo wins fifth RSL Player of the Month award

Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped up his 2023-24 individual awards haul with a fifth Roshn Saudi League 2023-24 Player of the Month award, edging out Al Nassr teammate Marcelo Brozovic and Al Fayha’s Fashion Sakala for the May accolade.

The 39-year-old had already secured the monthly honour in August, September, December and March. Earlier this month, Ronaldo picked up the RSL 2023-24 Top Scorer Award after breaking the single-season scoring record, with 35 goals. He also registered a league-record 46 goal contributions having added 11 assists to his chart-topping goal tally.

Ronaldo started five RSL matches for Al Nassr in May, scoring six goals, including a hat-trick against Al Wehda and a brace on the final day of the season against Al Ittihad. He also assisted countryman Otavio for the opener in the 1-1 Riyadh derby draw against Al Hilal.

Title-winning manager Jorge Jesus extended his record by bagging a sixth RSL Manager of the Month award, having previously won the prize in October, November, December, February and March.

Under Jesus, Al Hilal won four of their five matches in May, dropping points only in the aforementioned draw with Al Nassr. They wrapped up a fourth league title in five years with three matches to spare, then went on to complete an unbeaten season for the second time in the club’s history.

Incredibly, Jesus’ May success, which came at the expense of Al Ahli’s Matthias Jaissle, means every single winner of the Manager of the Month award in 2023-24 came from Portugal. The inaugural trophy of the campaign was won by former Al Ittihad manager Nuno Espirito Santo in August, while Al Nassr’s Luis Castro picked up the award in September and Al Shabab’s Vitor Pereira took it in April.

Al Taawoun’s Mailson was named the RSL Goalkeeper of the Month for May - the second time he’s been named the league’s best this season after collecting it also in March. The 27-year-old kept three clean sheets in five matches to help Al Taawoun secure AFC Champions League 2 football next season by virtue of finishing fourth in the table.

Mailson’s club teammate Abdulmalik Al Oyayri rounded off the May winners. The Al Taawoun right-back added his second Young Player of the Month accolade this campaign having also won the first award in August. He beat competition from Al Ittihad’s 16-year-old Talal Haji.

The 20-year-old’s victory means Al Taawoun boasted three Young Player of the Month awards this season - more than any other club in the league. Left-back Muath Faqihi had won the prize in September.