AFC Champions League goalscorer tips: Cristiano Ronaldo to win another Golden Boot?

We have provided some AFC Champions League goalscorer tips as the competition kicked off this week, with Cristiano Ronaldo among the scorers in the first leg of the round of 16. The Portuguese scored the only goal of the game as Al Nassr beat fellow Saudi Pro League side Al Fayha 1-0 away from home on Wednesday night, and even produced a new celebration to entertain the travelling support.

Among the round's other ties saw AFC Champions League title favourites Al Hilal beat Iranian team Sepahan 3-1, while Al Ittihad slumped to a 0-0 draw at Uzbekistan side Navbahor. The second leg of the round of 16 ties commence on Tuesday, as we pick the early candidates to finish as the tournament's top scorer:

AFC Champions League goalscorer tips: Our picks

Cristiano Ronaldo, Al Nassr
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Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr)

Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the tournament against Al Fayha, having already netted three times in the group stage. He is currently two behind the leaders in the scoring charts, but given Al Nassr are one of the favourites to go all the way, he should still be able to fill his boots.

CR7 boasts 25 goals in 26 games in all competitions so far this season, and has won plenty of Golden Boots before in his career. Thus, we would not put it past him to pick up another one once the tournament finishes.

Mitrovic Al Hilal
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Aleksandar Mitrovic (Al Hilal)

Mitrovic scored his sixth goal of the tournament in Al Hilal's victory over Sepahan, making him currently joint-top in the scoring charts. Al Hilal are leading the Saudi Pro League by seven points, and could clinch a Cup double as favourites to win the AFC Champions League.

This makes Mitrovic even more appealing in terms of his odds to finish as top scorer, as he has shown already this season he can produce big numbers – the Serbian is only three goals behind Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League scoring charts with 17.

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Anderson Talisca (Al Nassr)

Talisca is tied with Mitrovic at the top of the scoring charts with six in the tournament so far, and playing alongside Ronaldo, he is sure to get plenty more opportunities as the competition progresses.

The attacking midfielder has an impressive 20 goals in 22 matches over all competitions this campaign, and like Ronalso, will be expected to add to his tally in the AFC Champions League should Al Nassr go far.

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Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al Ittihad)

Hamdallah only has three goals in the AFC Champions League so far, and so has some catching up to do if he wants to finish as top scorer. Al Ittihad have been off the pace this season in the Saudi Pro League, sitting in fifth, and that is reflected by their disappointing stalemate against Sepahan.

Nonetheless, they will still be favourites to progress to the quarter-finals with the second leg at home, meaning Hamdallah still has an outside chance. It should be noted he is outscoring superstar teammate Karim Benzema in the Saudi Pro League with 10 goals this season, and will still pose a threat.

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Cryzan (Shandong Taishan)

Cryzan is the third player tied as top scorer in the AFC Champions League with six goals, but Shandong Taishan are not among the favourites to win the tournament. The Chinese Super League side lost 3-2 at home to Japanese outfit Kawasaki Frontale in the first leg of the round of 16, giving them an uphill battle to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Still, should they be able to overturn the deficit, Cryzan will have room to score plenty more goals, adding to the 37 he has netted in the last two Chinese Super League campaigns.

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