Cristiano Ronaldo equals Serie A goal record as he joins Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella in scoring in 11th straight game in Italian top flight
- Ronaldo, 35, scored against SPAL in his 1,000th appearance for club and country
- The Portuguese opened the scoring in the 39th minute as he equalled the record
- He has now equalled a record held by Fabio Quagliarella and Gabriel Batitusta
- Argentine Batitusta’s scored in 11 matches in a row for Fiorentina back in 1994
- It stood for 24 years until Italian Quagliarella equalled it for Sampdoria last year
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his 11th game straight to equal a goal record shared by Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella.
The Juventus star, 35, buried another in the match away to SPAL in his 1,000th senior appearance for club and country.
The Portuguese opened the scoring in the 39th minute to catch up with Italian Quagliarella and Argentine Batitusta.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his 11th game straight to equal a Serie A goal scoring record
The Portuguese equalled the record jointly held by Quagliarella (right) and Batitusta (left)
Batitusta scored in 11 matches in a row for Fiorentina in 1994 and his record stood for 24 years until Quagliarella equalled it for Sampdoria last season.
Ronaldo’s run stretches back to December 1 – when he scored against Sassuolo in a 2-2 draw – and he has the chance to extend it against Inter next week.
His latest goal came as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner made his 1,000th professional appearance against Serie A strugglers SPAL.
His goal came as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner made his 1,000th professional appearance
Ronaldo had played 835 games in club football and featured 164 times on the international stage, and achieved the impressive figure as Juventus continue their bid for domestic glory.
The Portuguese superstar first emerged into the limelight as a fresh-faced teenager, for Sporting Lisbon in 2002.
The then 17-year-old had been promoted from Sporting’s youth team by first-team manager Laszlo Boloni, who was starstruck by Ronaldo’s dribbling abilities.
Ronaldo’s debut came when the youngster was introduced off the bench in the Champions League third qualifying round first-leg tie against Inter Milan, but was unable to make an impact with the clash finishing goalless.
The 17-year-old was promoted from Sporting’s youth team by first-team manager Laszlo Boloni
That evening marked the first time a global icon took to the field as a professional – with Ronaldo replacing Tonito with an hour played before embarking on a couple of mazy dribbles down the right flank.
Sporting lost the second leg 2-0, however, and crashed out of the competition.
Ronaldo had failed to feature at the San Siro, but made a significant impression for his homeland club during the campaign.
His first goals on the biggest stage were truly remarkable, with Ronaldo rounding off his appearance against Moreirense with a superb brace.
And the electric winger would infamously soon catch the eye of several of Europe’s greatest sides.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola marked the occasion with a front-page collage of Ronaldo’s most memorable moments for both club and country, with Tuttosport also prominently featuring the achievement.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola celebrated the potential milestone with a front-page collage
Tuttosport also highlighted the superb record, with Ronaldo netting 724 career goals
The 35-year-old superstar has netted 725 goals during his rich career, which began with humble beginnings at Sporting.
After 31 appearances for the club, between 2002 and 2003, Ronaldo moved to Manchester United.
The dazzling wideman infamously impressed the Old Trafford hierarchy, including Sir Alex Ferguson, and United players urged the club to snap up Ronaldo – which they soon did for a reported £12.24million fee.
Ronaldo featured 292 times for the Premier League giants, and left for Real Madrid after six years. The mercurial forward even scored 450 of his total career goals for the La Liga title challengers.
The Portugal captain moved to Manchester United in 2003 after impressing against the club
Ronaldo netted 450 of his total career goals for Real Madrid following six years at Old Trafford
And after securing himself as an all-time club great, Ronaldo departed on good terms to take up another challenge with Juventus in 2018.
With 53 goals in 73 appearances in Turin since the switch, Ronaldo is closing in on another impressive record – and could rack up his 1,000th appearance against the Serie A basement club.
The Portuguese captain has netted 20 goals in league action this season, with a further two strikes coming in the Champions League.
Team-mate Gianluigi Buffon is also on the verge of history, with the veteran goalkeeper just one more game away from becoming the highest Serie A appearance maker.
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