There have been a lot of well-known players this season of Saudi Professional League, but not all of them are foreigners; here is our list of top players in Saudi pro League 2023-24 and this includes local players as well-
After some of the biggest teams in the Saudi Arabia made enormous summer expenditure announcements, the first half of the 2023–24 Saudi Pro League season exceeded practically all expectations. As a result, the league is going on its mid-season break.
Who are the top players in Saudi Pro League?
We have just reached the halfway point in terms of matches, and Al-Hilal is in the lead after winning their first 19 games. They are ahead of Al-Nassr, who came back from a terrible start to take the lead and are currently in second place by seven points.
Since there have been many standout performances this season, We have attempted to select our squad of the season thus far as the league prepares for a month-long hibernation.
Goal Keeper: Yassine Bounou (Al-Hilal)
Compared to some of the other transfers Saudi teams made last summer, Bounou’s move from Sevilla to Al-Hilal may not have received as much attention, but few new players have made as much of an impact.
The Morocco international has been a vital part of the league-best defense for the leaders since taking over for Saudi No. 1 Mohammed Al-Owais as soon as he arrived in Riyadh. He has only let up seven goals in 17 league games, and he has never let up more than one goal in a single game.
Right Back: Sultan Al-Ghannam (Al-Nassr)
Despite expectations that Alex Telles, one of Al-Nassr’s two full-backs, would be the main creative force this season, it has been Saudi international Al-Ghannam who has drawn the most attention.
This season, the right-back has contributed five league assists and has shown strong defensive play all year long.
Center Back: Ali Albulayhi (Al-Hilal)
Albulayhi’s most famous moment outside of Saudi Arabia was probably his altercation with Lionel Messi at the 2022 World Cup. This season, he has continued to wind up the finest players in the world after his encounter with Cristiano Ronaldo, but he has also performed admirably for Al-Hilal.
Throughout the season’s first few months, the 34-year-old has proven his worth, establishing a solid rapport with another defender on this team.
Center Back: Kalidou Koulibaly (Al-Hilal)
After moving from Chelsea, Koulibaly suffered from a variety of fitness concerns during the first few weeks of the season, which raised questions about him. However, he has since emerged as a rock at the back for his new team, partnering with Bulayhi.
Left Back: Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Hilal)
Despite Abdulhamid’s preference for playing right back for Al-Hilal this season, we can use his versatility to start him at left back in our combined lineup.
With one goal and three assists, the 24-year-old has been a constant for the league leaders. His combination of play with Michel and Malcom has made Hilal the most dangerous club in the division.
Midfielder: Marcelo Brozovic (Al-Nassr)
It’s difficult to win over supporters farther down the Al-Nassr lineup when your offense has players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane, but Brozovic has succeeded in doing so because of his unwavering work ethic and deft distribution.
After possibly his best-ever season, it was thought that Nassr had pulled off somewhat of a coup when they signed the Croatian midfielder from Inter, and he has been able to carry that form into his new surroundings landing in out list of top players in Saudi Pro League.
Midfielder: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Al-Hilal)
There was considerable doubt in the early going of the season about how Milinkovic-Savic, another player who came from Serie A during the summer following an outstanding 2022–23 campaign, would fit in at Al-Hilal, given that he was sent off in just his third Pro League game.
Since then, though, he has established himself as one of the league’s best midfield players, making 16 appearances while dishing out four assists and scoring eight goals, including the game-winning goal in December’s vital 3-0 victory over Al-Nassr.
Midfielder: Ruben Neves (Al-Hilal)
As Milinkovic-Savic leads the Al-Hilal midfield offensively, Neves provides defensive stability. Neves has demonstrated why Newcastle was allegedly eager to have him return to the Premier League in January.
With his signature long-range shooting, the Portugal international has occasionally threatened in the final third and given rival goalkeepers a task to handle.
Attacking Midfielder: Otavio (Al-Nassr)
Al-Nassr raised eyebrows when they agreed to pay the offensive midfielder’s €60 million release clause to bring him in from Porto, even though he was the Player of the Year in Portugal the previous season.
Though he has contributed five league goals of his own, the 28-year-old has proven to be an inspired addition, weaving together one of the league’s most deadly attacks with his vision and inventiveness.
Who is the highest scorer in Saudi Pro League?
Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nassr)
Ronaldo scored more goals in 2023 than any other player in the top division, and a big portion of that was because of his play in the first half of the current season. Having scored 20 goals in just 18 games, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner leads the division in scoring with nine assists.
Al-Nassr may not be leading the standings at the moment, but they undoubtedly have the greatest player in the Pro League.
Forward: Aleksander Mitrovic (Al-Hilal)
After Neymar’s season-ending injury, Al-Hilal needed someone to step up and take up the attacking load, and Mitrovic has more than fulfilled that role. The former Fulham striker has scored 17 goals in the league in as many games, including an incredible hat-trick early in the season against old rivals Al-Ittihad.
If he keeps up his present form, he will probably be able to celebrate having defeated Al-Hilal to win the Golden Boot. He is perhaps the only player who can challenge Ronaldo for the award during the second half of the season.