The modest start of the season of Cristiano Ronaldo quickly made several journalists claim that his end was near, but at 34 years of age the Portuguese doesn’t seem to be in the mood for that and he proved that once again recently, with a truly fantastic goal.
2.56 meters of height and…goal!
Juventus had a predictably difficult match in Genoa against Sampdoria, and they needed 2 beautiful goals to win by 2-1.
The first one – by Paulo Dybala – was already a remarkable goal, with the Argentinian attacker scoring on his first touch with an amazing shot, but the 2nd one, well, it overshadowed Dybala’s brilliance.
A wide cross to the 2nd post from Alex Sandro seemed ill-fated, but then Cristiano Ronaldo goes high up in the air and is able to head it towards goal, in a way that shocked the world once again.
If all of us knew his elevation ability from a long time ago, maybe some of us didn’t still believe he was able to do it almost at 35 years of age, but there is no impossible with Cristiano Ronaldo.
And the ketchup bottle finally opened up…
The famous Ronaldo catchphrase where he compared goals to a ketchup bottle, saying that the first one is the hardest to get, but then things start to flow freely and that seems to be more appropriate than ever for him.
The Portuguese had a relatively quiet start to the season, where the goals kept appearing in spaces and far apar, without the desired consistency by him.
However, since he finally recovered from a small injury that was affecting during a couple of weeks, CR7 returned to his infernal goalscoring pace, scoring on the last 5 matches for Juventus.
o assunto, hoje, é o jogo do liverpool c/ o flamengo no sábado. mas, pare 30s. p/ assistir a esse belíssimo gol do #CR7 pela juventus. note que a linha da cintura dele fica acima da cabeça do zagueiro. ele deve ter subido uns 0.8m acima do solo. um golaço! pic.twitter.com/daS7nA7cD6
— Ricardo Ceneviva (@cenevivaricardo) December 19, 2019
In fact, if we extend his recent record until the last matches for the national team, Ronaldo is on a streak of 10 goals in 8 matches in all competitions, only failing to score in one of those matches – on the reception to Atlético de Madrid in the Champions League.
Basically, the comments that Ronaldo was heading towards the end of his career were clearly rushed and he seems to be more focused than ever in trying to help out Juventus and the national team reaching their objectives.
Italian Super Cup is the next objective
As it is tradition in Italy, the Super cup is only played at the end of the civil year on a distant country.
Saudi Arabia host this year’s final and this Sunday already, Juventus and Lazio face off again shortly after their last encounter, but this time there will be a trophy at stake.
Lazio have recently beaten Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico by 3-1, which was the first loss of the season for Maurizio Sarri’s side and the Vecchia Signora is now expected to try to avenge that result by winning a trophy precisely against the same opponents.
With the trio formed by Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo coming into effect on the last 2 matches, Sarri can feel tempted to try and maintain that winning formula, but the quality that Lazio has been showing might force the Italian manager to hold back on his intentions, utilizing a more reinforced midfield with Ronaldo and Dybala loose up front.
Ronaldo still aiming to be the top goal scorer in the Serie A
Despite Ciro Immobile’s big advantage at the top of the list of goal scorers in the Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo is still focused on that individual objective that escaped him last season. However, the Portuguese needs to maintain his current goalscoring pace if he wants to have any chance.
That’s because Immobile has been absolutely lethal with the “laziale” shirt this season, already having 17 goals on the competition in only 16 matches, 7 more than the Portuguese that only now started to recover and got back to his usual standards.
Cristiano Ronaldo is still at a considerable distance and he will have to work hard to be able to do it, currently being priced at 6.90 on the main bookmakers, which is a clear sign of how difficult the task is.
And CR7’s task gets even trickier if we take into consideration the matter of European competitions.
While Lazio was eliminated from the Europa League and are completely focused on the domestic competitions, Juve have ambitions to win the Champions League and it is natural that CR7 will be rested in a couple of matches on the Italian Serie A, in order to try and perform better on the European competitions…