Cristiano Ronaldo has continued his record-breaking feat in the Italian Serie A with another brace on Saturday against Parma.
Juve wallopped the hosts 4-0 – which is their highest scoreline so far this season which was followed by a matured and clinical display at the Stadio Tardini.
Courtesy of the brace, Ronaldo is now the fifth player to score at least 32 Serie A goals in a single calendar year – the first since Omar Sivori in 1961. He is likely to break further records with another game left to play.
Juve’s next match will be against Fiorentina. It will be too hard for Ronaldo to break the record of Felice Borel, who scored 41 goals in 1933, followed by Gunnar Nordahl on 36 in 1950.
If not for COVID-19 that stopped him from playing for 19 days, he would have got closer to 41. This is judging from the fact that the 32 goals came from 28 Serie A games.
If not for the missed spot kick against Atalanta during the midweek as well, he would have just two more people to beat to their goals record haul.
The fight for the Serie A golden boot of 2020-21 season is now hotting up. Ronaldo currently top the chart with 14 goals, followed by Inter striker, Romelu Lukaku with 10 goals and his AC Milan counterpart, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Andrea Belotti and Henrikh Mkhitaryan make the top five with 9 and seven goals respectively.
Pirlo happy with Ronaldo over Serie A record and teammates for being clinical
Speaking after the win, Juve coach, Andrea Pirlo expressed excitement out the outcome, saying this is the Juventus he wanted to see.
Lauding them for such attitude against Parma and Barcelona, he said the game against Parma was probably their best of the season so far.
Dejan Kulusevski opened the goals account against his former club, before Ronaldo’s brace and a thumping header from Alvaro Morata.
“Ronaldo was quite rightly angry with himself after missing a penalty, but fortunately he didn’t have much time to stew over it and immediately got the chance to show just how much he loves to score goals.
“We weren’t happy with Wednesday’s result, but the performance was good. This evening we wanted to recover the points we dropped against Atalanta and I think we achieved it,” the coach told DAZN.
Pirlo was not really given the chance to succeed on the job due to his lack of magerial experiencxe. It seems that he is getting used to the pressure on being on the tourchline anf getting results.
With their striking duo back to scoring ways, Juve could be handy for Fiotentina who needs a win at ll cost. Getting a win at the Allianz Stadium could be a tall dream with present for of the Bianconerri.
This is because the collective work of Weston McKennie and Aaron Ramsey seems to be paying off with Adrien Rabiot having a really good game as well.
With such performance against Barcelona few weeks ago and come back victories recently, it shows that Juve is a work-in-progress under Pirlo as they now press high on the pitch to win the ball quickly. With such attitude, they gain huge control of the game.
It can be said that Juve is improving game by game and they are now the right path. All that is left is to be consistent, which evaded them last season as they won their 9th Scudetto unconvincingly.