Cristiano Ronaldo | Best start by a Juventus player in the last 60 years.

Cristiano Ronaldo - Juventus - Serie A

If anybody had any concerns whether Cristiano Ronaldo will settle into Italian football, they have been well and truly appeased by Portuguese captain. As Ronaldo continues breaking records in Juventus, let’s take a look at the latest mark he has left in the history of the Italian giants. 

As Ronaldo netted again in an easy win for Juventus against Florentina, the Portuguese sensation has broken yet another record in the famous black and white kit of Juventus as he recorded the best start to his career of anyone for Juventus in the last six decades. Ronaldo went into the game on second place on the goalscoring charts of the Serie A, just behind Polish international Piatek who has netted 10 goals this season. But after converting from the spot 11 minutes before full time, Ronaldo now shares the top spot with the former. 

Bentancur and Chiellini struck early and gave the Old Lady a comfortable two-goal cushion before the penalty was converted. Ronaldo has now managed to score 10 goals in 14 games and has proven to all his haters and the people who doubted his goal-scoring ability that he still processes the magic touch that he is renowned for everywhere around the World. This meant he equaled the record in Turin, one that had stood since 1957, when Welsh legend John Charles managed to net 10 goals in the first 14 games as a Juventus player. 

The comfortable win means that Juventus now sit at the top of the table 11 points clear of second-placed Napoli who have a game in hand. Signs suggest that Juventus are all set to comfortably win their eighth successive league title in Italy, with a solid chance to win the Champions League too. They seem extremely comfortable both at home and away from where the performance records are almost identical. They are the only unbeaten team away from home in 2018 with a staggering point average of 2.7 points per game, the best in Europe’s top 5 leagues. With superb contribution from Ronaldo among other’s, Juventus have managed to score at least 2 goals in all of their last seven matches that were played away from home. This helped in breaking yet another record in the Serie A as Juventus are the only team to record 40 points after the first 14 matchdays. 

The impact that Portuguese superstar Ronaldo is having on the Serie A giants is something very evident. They are now one of the best teams in Europe and are well poised to not only win the Serie A but also go a long way in Europe’s premier club competition, the UEFA Champions League

Juventus 2 – 0 Frosinone, Highlights | Serie A

Juventus 2 - 0 Frosinone, Highlights | Serie A

It looked like another frustrating day at the office for the Italian Champions Juventus, and their 99 million Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, as they looked to continue their unbeaten start to the new season. Frosinone looked solid in defence and resisted every Juventus attack until Ronaldo finally found the net in the 83rd minute from 8 yards out. The Old Lady had more than 70% of the procession but the stats show that they didn’t make it count to the full extent. They managed 30 shots out of which only 8 of them were on target. They hardly troubled the opposition goalkeeper in the first half and are expected to much better given the quality they possess in their team. They managed only two shots on target in the first half, where Ronaldo looked like the most likely scorer in a Juventus shirt as he tested the reflexes of the goalkeeper with two well-hit drives that were parried away. 

Even though the Bernardeschi fired in a second goal in stoppage time that made the victory look convincing, it was far from one. There were hardly any instances in the game where Juventus looked close to their best, but as they say it’s the three points that is important and that’s what they got. The only other time when Juventus came close to challenging the goalkeeper was when Alex Sandro fired a shot from close range that was just about a foot away from the post in the second half. After a bad start to the season, it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo is slowly but gradually finding his feet, and once he does everyone knows there is hardly anything that can stop him from doing what he does best and that’s why he’s one of the best if not the best player to ever grace the football pitch. 

Parma 1 – 2 Juventus, Highlights | Serie A

Parma 1 - 2 Juventus, Highlights | Serie A

Juventus win, but Ronaldo yet to score…

Titleholders Juventus continued their unbeaten run in the Serie A, winning 2 – 1 in Parma but their star man Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to score his first goal in a Juventus shirt. A Mario Mandzukic goal and a second-half Matuidi goal gave Juventus their third win in as many matches. Ivory Coast international Gervinho scored for Parma in between, his first goal since joining them in the summer. Juventus coach Allegri says that Ronaldo has had to tackle many difficulties in the Serie A but he had a great game overall. Allegri believes that he will be much sharper after the international break. He says that he is the worlds best player and he wants to score regularly, but he needs to stay calm and the goals will come in a burst. 

Parma were winners when they last played Juventus. A day that dates back to 2015, when they beat Juventus one goal to nil. Since then they have been to the fourth tier and back this year to the Serie A. Juventus got the perfect start as Mandzukic’s header, from a Juan Cuadrado cross, deflected off Simone Iacoponi and fell kindly to the Croatian forward who had to pass the ball into an empty net. Soon after, Ronaldo sent a looping header over the bar with his first attempt but after that Parma soon got back into the game. Leo Stulac thumped a free kick into the bar before Gervinho equalized in the 33rd minute, turning the ball into the back of the net with his knee after a flick from Inglese off a Gobbi cross. Juventus took complete control in the second half and French World cup winnerMatuidi struck the winner off a Mandzukic flick just before the hour mark. 

Ronaldo kept attempting to get off the mark, but Parma did well to cut off the channels and prevented him from taking shots on target. Ronaldo’s best chance, however, came when a loose ball fell at his feet but the world player of the year shot wide. He was left frustrated on many occasions, as the goalkeeper made numerous interceptions before the ball reached him. Juventus managed to hold on to their lead in the end against a team that was relegated in 2015 and declared bankrupt. Parma then re-entered the league and won three consecutive promotions.

UEFA goal of the year – Cristiano Ronaldo

UEFA goal of the year - Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick for Real Madrid against his current team Juventus in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League was voted as the best goal of the season at The Juventus fans applauded Ronaldo’s magical goal and little did they know that the great man will turn up in their colors in the Champions League this time out. He topped the poll with almost 200,000 votes of a total of 346,915 votes. Ronaldo succeeds his new teammate Mario Mandzukic who won the award last year for his goal against Ronaldo’s old team Real Madrid in the final of the UEFA Champions League. While the two previous years before Mandzukic’s win, the award was won by Lionel Messi in 2014/15 as well as 2015/16. 

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, took to Twitter to thank his fans for voting for him. He also says that it was a very special moment in his career and that he would never forget it. He also had praise for his new fans. He says in his post that the warm reception he received from the away fans (now his home) made the goal even more special than what it already was. 

The runner-up was Dimitri Payet’s goal in Marseille’s 5-2 UEFA Europa League defeat of RB Leipzig, while third place went to Eva Navarro’s goal for Spain in their Women’s U17 Euro final victory against Germany in Lithuania in May. The eleven nominees were selected by the UEFA technical observers over the course of 12 months, and one was selected from each of the major UEFA competitions. Goals scored by players will only be eligible for consideration of the goal was scored in a UEFA club or international level competition. Ronaldo’s goal was undoubtedly one of the best goals in the history of the competition and it is only right that it was awarded the best goal of the season of the season by UEFA.

Serie A – Juventus edge past Lazio

Serie A - Juventus edge past Lazio

Juventus make it two wins in two games as they beat Lazio by two goals to nil. Cristiano Ronaldo missed an open goal but it acted as an assist for Mario Mandzukic to fire home Juventus’s second on Saturday. Chasing an eighth successive title, Juventus now have 6 points from two games after a game in which they had a considerable amount of luck. But the Old Lady are still waiting for their star man Cristiano Ronaldo to score his first since his move from Real Madrid in the summer. Miralem Pjanic fired Juventus ahead at the half an hour mark with a shot from outside the box that gave the goalkeeper no chance. 

The Turin based side added another in the 75th minute when Joao Cancelo’s low cross was partially cleared by goalkeeper Strakosha but he only managed to play it on to an arriving Cristiano Ronaldo whose right footed shot was stopped by the heel of his left foot but fell kindly for Mario Mandzukic to fire home. The closest Ronaldo came to breaking his duck was with a vicious dipping effort on the turn in the 71st minute, but it was brilliantly turned over the bar by the Albanian goalkeeper. Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who started ahead of new signing Mattia Perin, made two blinding saves in the first half that kept Juventus in front, turning Senad Lulic’s shot around the post and then charging out of his goal to block a dangerous Marco Parolo break.

“Italian football is completely different to in Spain. Ronaldo understands that and he is settling in very well,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. ” There was a risk of us getting carried away by the enthusiasm created by Ronaldo’s first home appearance,” added the coach, who picked Blaise Matuidi and Federico Bernardeschi ahead of Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado. I have a very strong squad and have to evaluate everyone. We needed these characteristics in midfield today,” he said. “There are times we are too frenetic and other moments when we go to sleep. We have to find a better balance.”

Juventus – The importance of Pjanic’s contract extension

Juventus - The importance of Pjanic's contract extension

Miralem Pjanic was seen modelling the new Juventus kit almost a week ago and the fans knew they were in for some great news. He was going to stay in Turin for a bit longer, and probably going to pose in many more jerseys in the upcoming seasons. Juventus announced via their various social media accounts that Pjanic has agreed to a contract extension that will add on another two years to his previous deal. Now, instead of a contract that runs until 2021, Pjanic will see his contract go all the way until the end of the 2022-23 season, spanning all the way until he’s already celebrated his 33rd birthday. He will also earn be earning around  €6.5 a year after signing his brand new contract.

Pjanic who is 28 years old arrived from Roma two seasons ago for a fee reported to be €32, a price that looks like absolutely nothing for a player that can pass the ball the way he does with class and precision. While the other spots in the Juventus midfield aren’t certain to a specific player, it looks like Pjanic is going to be the one responsible to make the team tick from the centre of the park for years to come. And it seems like he will be the player who will benefit the most with the summer signing Juventus have pulled off.

We all know what the man is capable off from dead ball situations. We all know that he can drop dimes like there is no tomorrow. Its time for the man to step up and establish himself as one of the best central midfielders in the world and there is no better time to start than this season. This season the fans will not only expect the team to be Ronaldo’s team, but also the team of Miralem Pjanic, the midfield magician.