Cristiano Ronaldo now holds the distinction of being the only player in history to score 50 goals in the English Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A.
Along with the 21 goals he scored for La Vecchia Signora last season in Italy’s top-flight soccer competition, his two-year total now stands at 51.
During his time in England’s Premier League playing for Manchester United from 2003 to 2009, he amassed 84 goals in 196 appearances.
Fastest 50 goals in Serie A since 1995
Apart from reaching the milestone of recording at least 50 goals in three of the biggest soccer leagues in all of Europe, the Portuguese striker has also become the quickest player to hit 50 goals in the Serie A since 1995, as noted by Goal.
Cristiano reached 50 goals in Serie A with only 60 appearances, beating other legends of the Italian league such as Andriy Shevchenko of AC Milan (69 appearances), Brazil’s Ronaldo of Inter Milan and AC Milan (70 appearances), Diego Milito of Inter Milan (78 appearances), and David Trezeguet of Juventus (78 appearances).
Cristiano Ronaldo has now
– Become the fastest player to score 50 goals in Serie A (50 goals in 60 games), beating Andriy Shevchenko's record (50 goals in 69 games)
– Become the first player in HISTORY to score 50 goals in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A
— Juventus News – Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) July 20, 2020
Against Lazio, Ronaldo bagged his first goal by converting a penalty kick beyond the outstretched hands of Albanian goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
With this spot-kick, Ronaldo also managed to tie Giuseppe Signori’s record for most penalty goals scored in a single Serie A season. Signori’s 12 penalty goals is a record that has stood solo for 25 years but has now been equaled by Cristiano.
But the Juventus forward’s achievement of scoring 50 goals each in the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A leagues will likely stand the test of time.
For some context, the only other player to achieve something similar is Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko, who currently plays for another Serie A soccer club, Roma, as noted by sports publication AS.
In Dzeko’s case, he reached a half-century of goals for each of his tenure in England’s Premier League (50 goals out of 130 appearances playing for Manchester City), in Italy’s Serie A (69 goals out of 139 appearances for Roma), and Germany’s Bundesliga (66 goals out of 111 appearances for VfL Wolfsburg).
Juventus inching towards another title
Ronaldo’s Juventus is once again looking to get another Serie A championship this season under coach Maurizio Sarri.
Last season, the soccer club had secured its eighth straight Serie A title, which is already an all-time record in the Italian competition.
With 35-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo continuing to break records for the team, Juventus will likely extend its unprecedented winning streak.
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