Ronaldo breaks records as Juventus beat Parma
Cristiano Ronaldo scored for a seventh successive Serie A game as his brace gave Juventus victory at home to Parma.
Ronaldo has been in hot form in front of goal. The Portuguese star continues to raise his bar for consistency.
A double from Ronaldo helped Serie A leaders Juventus to a 2-1 win over Parma. The victory as well added more records to the 34-year-old’s impressive collection.
Ronaldo opened the scoring after 43 minutes at the Allianz Stadium before half-time with a deflected effort off Matteo Darmian.
Andreas Cornelius’ powerful header restored parity. But Ronaldo slotted home Paulo Dybala’s pass to restore Juventus’ lead three minutes later.
The Portuguese forward went close to completing his hat-trick in the second half. He shot at Parma’s goalkeeper, Luigi Sepe from a tight angle.
Juventus keeper, Wojciech Szczesny had to be on toes to deny Jasmin Kurtic and Hernani as the visitors pushed for a late equalizer. Meanwhile, Matthijs de Ligt did well to block Mattia Sprocati’s goal-bound effort later on.
The results lift Juventus four points clear of second-placed Inter Milan. Similarly, the efforts mean Ronaldo is the first player to score in seven consecutive league games for Juventus since David Trezeguet netted in nine successive matched in 2005.
That run of form has also seen his overall league goal tally for the season increase to 16 handing him a record of his own. Ronaldo is now the only player in the top five European Leagues to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 14 campaigns.
The record breaker has also become the fifth Juventus player to score 16 goals in his first 20 Serie A games and the first since Omar Sivori in 1960.
The star-struck 21 times in Serie A last season with his current haul of 16 now the second-best in the league behind current Golden Boot leader Ciro immobile who has scored an impressive 2 goals for Lazio.
While Ronaldo has stolen the show in front of goal this season, Dybala has provided solid back-up netting 11 times in all competitions.