There are eight games remaining in this season’s Saudi Pro League, meaning that both Al-Nassr players stand a chance of clinching the award for top goalscorer.
Ronaldo and Talisca are the only two players in the league to have averaged at least one goal per game this season.
Ronaldo is currently five goals adrift of the top scorers, but has scored 11 goals in just nine games so far.
However there is no sign of rivalry between the two Al-Nassr stars. Ronaldo has been installed as the side’s penalty taker since his arrival but gave Talisca the opportunity to score the winning penalty in a game against Abha last month.
Talisca described the gesture as a sign of the “mutual respect” between the two players and told Saudi’s SSC channel that he is focused on the team.
“Every top player does his job. My full focus is on Al-Nassr winning, not on being the league’s top scorer. My main goal is to lead the team to win, and then everything else will come,” Talisca said.