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Maurizio Sarri: Cristiano Ronaldo is world-class both in mind and legs

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Juventus coach, Maurizio Sarri has lauded Cristiano Ronaldo, describing him as an extraordinary player.

The praises are coming for the Portugues after scoring his 30th Serie A goal and his 50th overall in the Italian top-flight in Juve’ss 2-1 win over Lazio.

Ronaldo opened the scoring for the Binaconerri via the penalty spot after Bastos charged down a shot with his arm right on the edge of the area. He then scored his second when he utilized a Paulo Dybala assist from disastrous Luiz Felipe error.

Ciro Immobile reduced the deficit also from the spot-kick to set up a tense finale in Turin.

Dybala celebrates second goal with Ronaldo against Lazio

Courtesy of the brace, Ronaldo has become the first player to score 50 goals i the English Premier League, Spanish La Laiga, and the Italian Serie A.

Reacting to his feat, Sarri said the five-times world footballer of the year is an extraordinary lad who recovers quickly between games.

“It’s not just physical, but psychological. He could be someone who uses up so much energy in each game, but he recovers it every time and he’s world-class in the mind as well as the legs.”

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Sarri further stated that Ronaldo can beat the all-time Serie A record of 36 goals set by his teammate Gonzalo Higuain whilst plying his trade with Napoli.

“If he puts his mind to something, he’s very difficult to stop. We’ll see if we should rest him over the next few rounds, but if he’s still in this shape, then he might not need it.”

With four games left to play in the league, Sarri told Sky Sport Italia that the points means nothing unless the objective is achieved.

“We need to get another four points, every point is difficult at the moment playing every three days, so we’ve got to keep focused.

“There are ifs and buts, but at the first if, that’s when I stop listening!”

Juve players celebrate against Lazio

Ronaldo is also the first Juventus player to score 30 Serie A goals in a season since the 1950s.

After struggling to get results, the Bianconeri have scored at least two goals in each of their last 11 Serie A games. This has never been done by Juventus before.

“We have conceded more goals, but many of them were penalties. We conceded many by getting relaxed when we were clearly in charge. I frankly doubt we’ll have that kind of experience in the Champions League, as there’s no way we could lose concentration there.

“It has been such a strange campaign, we’ll see in Europe some who haven’t played for months, others who have played every three days going in. The lockdown was not a relaxing one for anyone, sitting in our homes listening to the sound of ambulances go past constantly.

“We have to focus on the Round of 16 to reach the Final Eight, which is already a very important achievement. Anyway, before that, we have to finish this Serie A season with the points we need to win, then get ready for another difficult situation.”