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Ronaldo breaks Juventus record to keep Champions League hopes alive

Despite enduring an underwhelming season with Juventus in Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to prove why he is one of the best players in the world.

He has already broken a multitude of goalscoring records during his spells with Manchester United and Real Madrid in a highly-successful career.

But the Portuguese has now added a new record to his long list of achievements, which has also helped put Juve back into Champions League contention.

It has been an awful campaign under first-time boss Andrea Pirlo and are currently on course to finish 16 points behind Serie A champions Inter Milan.

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken yet another record for Juventus

That has left them fighting for a place in the top four, with Juve battling with Atalanta, AC Milan and Napoli for a spot in the Champions League places.

A 3-0 defeat to Milan on Sunday, their first ever defeat to the Rossoneri at the Allianz Stadium, was a major blow to those hopes of finishing higher than fifth.

After that loss, Pirlo’s side travelled to eighth-placed Sassuolo, where Gianluigi Buffon was forced to save an early penalty before Adrien Rabiot put the visitors ahead.

Rabiot then aimed a powerful header through to Ronaldo, who nutmegged his marker to cut inside and curl the ball inside Andrea Consigli’s post.

The strike that saw Ronaldo break the record for the quickest player to score 100 goals for Juventus
The strike that saw Ronaldo break the record for the quickest player to score 100 goals for Juventus

Juve did not relinquish their lead, ultimately running out 3-1 winners to move to within a point of Napoli in fourth.

Remarkably, that was Ronaldo’s 100 th goal for Juventus, meaning he has become the fastest player in the club’s history to reach that landmark.

His tally of 100 goals in 131 Juventus games means he is the first player to score that many in less than three seasons.

Prior to Ronaldo, only Omar Sivori and Roberto Baggio had been able to score 100 goals in less than five seasons for Juve.

The Portuguese superstar’s goals have proved crucial in Juve’s last two title wins, though they have suffered a severe setback this season, with Ronaldo reportedly unhappy with life in Turin.

Ronaldo’s goal against Sassuolo also saw him become the first player in history to score more than 100 goals for three different clubs and for his country.




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