Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest strike for Juventus has further written the Portuguese into the sport’s history books as he set another goal-scoring mark
.The veteran striker struck late in Serie A to add some gloss to the Bianconeri’s 3-1 victory over Sassuolo, helping Andrea Pirlo’s side to close the gap on leaders Milan in their pursuit of another Scudetto crown.
Juventus saw Weston McKennie and Paulo Dybala forced out due to injury, but the Serie A champions were able to take the lead through a Danilo strike.
Gregoire Defrel provided the equalizer for 10-man Sassuolo, who were up against it after seeing Pedro Obiang sent off just before halftime.
Unfortunately for Sassuolo, they were unable to overcome their disadvantage, with substitute Aaron Ramsey, who replaced the injured McKennie, firing in the 82nd minute.
Ronaldo then sealed the three points in stoppage time, scoring his 15th goal of the season in the process.
While most goals for the 34-year-old are simply a case of adding another to his already remarkable tally, his latest is another reminder of the Portuguese star’s longevity.
With Sunday’s goal, Ronaldo became the only player to score at least 15 goals in each of the last 15 seasons in the top five leagues, having reached that mark in every campaign since 06-07.
Ronaldo and Juventus currently sit fourth in La Liga, seven points being league-leaders AC Milan with a game in hand.
Juve also sit four points before second-place Inter and one point behind third-place Roma, who have each played one more game than the defending champions.
Next up for Juve is a Coppa Italia clash with Genoa on Wednesday before focus turns towards a clash with Inter on Sunday.
Another cup clash will follow for Juve as they’ll then face Napoli in the Supercoppa Italiana on January 20.
Juve will also be looking ahead to the Champions League knockout stages, where they will face Porto in February in the round of 16.