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Ronaldo breaks YET ANOTHER goal-scoring record as he nets for Juve v Sampdoria

Ronaldo breaks YET ANOTHER goal-scoring record as he nets for Juve v Sampdoria
The Serie A season is only at the halfway point but Cristiano Ronaldo has already reached yet another goal-scoring milestone to add to his ever-burgeoning collection of records.

The prolific Portuguese striker hit a double in Juventus' 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Saturday, taking him to 14 Serie A goals – the highest single-season tally for a Portuguese player in Italy’s top flight. 

Ronaldo overtook compatriot Rui Barros, who scored 12 times in Juventus colors during the 1988-89 season.

Ronaldo's first strike of Saturday's clash in Turin came in the second minute when he rifled home a low shot past goalkeeper Emil Audero.

The 33-year-old forward later added a second from the penalty spot as Juve ran out 2-1 winners, although Sampdoria were controversially denied a late equalizer after VAR ruled a goal out for offside.  

While some may argue we are increasingly entering niche territory in the Ronaldo record stakes – and those of his great rival Lionel Messi – the latest milestone is testament to how well the Portuguese ace is adapting to life in Italy following his move from Real Madrid in the summer.

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The goals also took Ronaldo to the top of the Serie A scoring charts for this season, ahead of Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek who has 13 strikes – although the Juve man has five assists to his name, whereas Piatek has none.

Table-toppers Juve extended their unbeaten start to the season to 19 games and sit top of Serie A with 53 points from 19 games. 

However, one feat that Ronaldo has failed to achieve in 2018 is reaching 50 goals in a calendar year, with his double on Saturday taking him to 49 goals.

It's the first time since 2010 that he hasn't reached the half-century mark.  

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