The former Real Madrid star, and Juventus Forward nets a hat-trick against Cagliari in the second half of the game.
The second-half was all one-way traffic with 34-year-old Ronaldo breaking the deadlock just after the interval. He added a second from the penalty spot on 67 minutes with Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain coming off the bench to strike a third on 81 minutes, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick a minute later.
Juve are three points ahead of Inter in the table with Antonio Conte’s side travelling to Napoli later on Monday, looking to keep pace with the eight-time reigning champions.
Atalanta closed to within a point of fourth-placed Roma, who lost 2-0 to Torino on Sunday, with a 5-0 rout of Parma, having also beaten AC Milan by the same scoreline before the winter break.
The side from Bergamo were already three goals up before the break thanks to Alejandro Gomez, Remo Freuler and Robin Gosens, with Josip Ilicic adding a double in a nine minute second-half spell
Every year I have to prove that I’m good’ – Ronaldo ‘annoyed’ by constant criticism
The 34-year-old forward continues to attract silverware following his move to Juventus but wishes his critics would let him be
Cristiano Ronaldo says he is “annoyed” that he is forced to prove that he is a good player every year and wants critics to leave him alone.
The Juventus and Portugal star has long been regarded as one of the best players the game has ever seen, having won five Ballons d’Or and as many Champions League titles.
After winning the Serie A title with Juve this season, the 34-year-old has now won league crowns in three different countries and is challenging for the Italian division’s top scorer award having scored 21 times in 29 appearances.
But the attacker continues to receive criticism in some circles because of his ongoing rivalry with Barcelona icon Lionel Messi and he finds the animosity towards him irritating.
“I will not deny that sometimes it annoys me and it tires because it seems that every year you must prove that you are very good,” he told El Pais .
“It’s hard. You have what you have to have that extra pressure of having to prove something to people, not just for you, also to the people around you. Your family, your mother, your son: ‘Cris, you have to win tomorrow’.
“That makes you more active. You always have to train, but there comes a time when you say: ‘Look, let me be’.”
He added: “I don’t think they believe I’m a robot, but they do see me as a person who can never have a problem, can never be sad, can never have a problem.
“People identify having no problems, success, with money. How can you be sad or have a downer if you have millions? You must understand that people do not think like you, have not lived certain moments, do not have a culture greater than what they are allowed.
“But I understand it. I know people are waiting with a shotgun for Cristiano to miss a penalty, or to fail in a crucial match. But it is part of life and I must be prepared. I’ve been prepared for many years now.”
Nevertheless, Ronaldo insists he is still enjoying his playing career, saying he hopes to keep surprising his critics.
“I see football as a mission: go to the field, win, make me better,” he said.
“Those moments when I went out on to the field thinking: ‘I’m going to dribble!’ Honestly, I don’t have those moments anymore.
“There is an additional pressure. People are always judging: ‘It’s over already. He’s 33, 34 or 35 years old, he should stop’. And you want to surprise people: here the bug follows.”
Ronaldo equaliser prevents landmark Torino victory as Juve’s home run continues.
The Portugal star scored a late header in Friday’s Turin derby, preventing Juve’s city rivals from earning a huge win
Cristiano Ronaldo’s late equaliser on Friday prevented city rivals Torino from earning a landmark win over Juventus.
With Juventus down 1-0 to Torino late in the game, Ronaldo rose up from six yards out to nod Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross past Salvatore Sirigu.
The 84th-minute equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw for Juventus in the Turin derby, with Ronaldo now having scored seven goals in his last nine Serie A appearances.
Ronaldo’s goal was the 601st of his club career after he reached the 600-goal milestone with a goal against Inter on Saturday.
The Portuguese has now reached 101 headed club goals in his career and he has been especially prolific in the air of late, with seven of his last 10 goals in all competitions coming from headers.
Ronaldo’s goal also prevented Torino from winning away at Juventus for the first time since 1995, with Juve winning nine and drawing four of the 13 games since then.
Torino could have drawn level on points with fourth-place Atalanta had they held on for a win, but Walter Mazzarri’s side are still in the midst of a record-setting campaign.
The Granata are on 57 points so far in 2018-19, equalling their club record haul in the three-point era set in the 2013-14 season.
Juventus, meanwhile are on 89 points and lead second-place Napoli by 19 points, having already clinched their eighth consecutive Serie A title.
Juve’s ability to come from behind is a major reason they so easily won another Scudetto, with Massimiliano Allegri’s side now having gained 21 points from trailing situations this season, the most in Serie A.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men will close out the season with games against Atalanta and Sampdoria.
Cristiano Ronaldo holds Inter Milan to a draw tonight .
After an end to end match there is nothing to seperate the two teams at the final whistle.
The homeside took the lead in the seventh minute when Nainggolan with a superb volley rang ewhivh beat the goalkeeper despite Szczesney getting a hand to the ball.
The visitors started strongly after the restart but were forced to wait for the 62nd minute before drawing level as Pjanic combined smartly with Ronaldo who netted his 600th goal in all club competitions to earn this champions a point in the Derby d’italia.
Alex Sandro’s goal and an own goal from German Pezzella were enough to seal the title with five games to spare for the reigning champions
Juventus confirmed their domestic supremacy in Italy by sealing a record eighth consecutive Scudetto win after Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Fiorentina.
The Turin giants suffered disappointment in Europe in midweek, losing to Ajax to crash out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage.
But in Italy at least Massimiliano Allegri’s men remain on top of the pile.
Alex Sandro hit in the first half to cancel out Nikola Milenkovic’s early strike for Fiorentina, bringing the scoreline to 1-1 an equalizer.
After the break Juve then took the lead, German Pezzella turning a Cristiano Ronaldo cross past his own keeper to complete the comeback for the hosts.
Juventus needed just a draw to wrap up the title with five games to spare and celebrations started at the final whistle, with Napoli’s clash against Atalanta on Monday now irrelevant to the Scudetto chase.
It also marks a first Serie A for Ronaldo, who has contributed 19 goals to the Juve cause in the league so far this season in his maiden campaign since joining from Real Madrid in 2018.
The team’s glittering run of success dates back to the 2011-12 season when, under the stewardship of Antonio Conte, they lifted their first silverware since the breaking of the Calciopoli scandal in 2006 with that year’s Scudetto.
Conte went on to win the next two titles before leaving in the summer of 2014 to take the Italy job. His replacement Allegri has continued Juve’s dominance with four Scudetti in as many seasons since taking over from the ex-Chelsea boss.
This latest victory marks Juventus’ 35th Serie A title, just short of double the number achieved by nearest rivals Milan, who have prevailed on 18 occasions.
The Turin side have additionally finished top on two further occasions, in 2004-5 and 2005-6, only to see those wins overturned due to Calciopoli, with the former revoked and the latter awarded to second-placed Inter.
European success, however, continues to elude Allegri’s charges.
The last Champions League victory for Juventus came all the way back in 1995-6, despite making the final on five separate occasions since then.
– Matthijs de Ligt netted the heartbreaker for Ajax with a header and will now wait for the winner between Man City and Tottenham in the semi-final Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was not enough as Juventus suffered a 1-2 home defeat against Ajax on Tuesday, April 16, in the reverse fixture of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
The encounter at Allianz Stadium saw Ajax come from behind to beat Juventus on the night and progress to the semifinals on a 3-2 aggregate win. Ajax made an early substitution, with Daley Sinkgraven replacing Nossair Mazraoui in the 6th minute after the later suffered a knock.
As the half progressed, Juventus were not finding it easy to break down the Dutch side, who showed class with the fluidity of their passing game.
However, it was Ronaldo again that netted the game’ opener in the 29th minute, to put Juventus into the lead after a decent assist from Miralem Pjanic. In the 34th minute Ajax levelled scores after Donny van de Beek beat Juventus defence offside trap. Moise Kean replaced Paulo Dybala as Juventus embark on quest to score the second goal.
Juventus had a penalty appeal after Emre Can went down in the vital area, after a tackle from an Ajax player, but the referee ignored making the call Ajax came close to netting the winner twice in the 57th minute but Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny was spot on to make a save.
And moment later Juve defence denied the visitor another chance to go into the lead.
But in the 67th minute after Matthijs de Light nodded in Ajax second off a corner-kick from Lasse Schone to further peg Juventus behind. Indeed, it was the deciding moment of the game as Juventus needed to scores two more goals without conceding again, if they must progress to the semis.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Juventus training right in time for Ajax Champions League clash
– Cristiano Ronaldo reains with Juventus teammates for the first time since returning from international break last month
– The 34-year-old suffered a minor injury during his national team outing with Portugal in March
– Ronaldo is now expected to return to starting line up in their midweek fixture having missed their last two fixtures in the Serie A Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has has handed Juventus a boost after returning to training few days bofore their Champions League quarterfinal clash against Ajax.
The 34-year-old has not featured for the Old Lady in their last two matches owing to the injury he picked up during last month’s FIFA international break.
His absence was however not felt as Italian youngster Moise Kaen inspired Massimiliano Allegri’s side to back to back wins over Cagliary and Milan respectively.
Football Italia however reports that the former Real Madrid forward trained with the rest of the team on Sunday morning – meaning he could be available for selection on match day. Since his return from national team assignment, Ronaldo has been working intensively with the club’s physiotherapists in a bid to stage a return to action early.
Meanwhile, Emre Can is unlikely to travel to Holland with the squad after limping off from Juve’s 2-1 win over AC Milan over the weekend. The German star is expected to undergo further diagnosis in the next few days, but the mood is not optimistic.
Sami Khedira made his comeback against Milan a month after heart surgery, with Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, Leonardo Spinazzola and Mattia De Sciglio also returning.
Douglas Costa is expected to be in the squad for the trip to Amsterdam, but not start, as he has been out of action for several months.
Juventus vs Empoli: Moise Kean scores to help Biaconeri secure 1-0 win
– Juventus vs Empoli ended 1-0 in favour of the Biaconeri who are now 18 points clear in Serie A
– Teenage sensation Moise Kean scored three minutes after coming on to hand Juventus a vital win
– Juventus were missing the services of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala for the game Red-hot Italian youngster Moise Kean came off the bench to score the winner as Juventus beat Empoli 1-0 to stretch their lead at the top of Serie A table to 18 points.
The 19-year-old scored three minutes after his introduction as he volleyed home in the 72nd minute.
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Kean has now scored six goals in his last eight matches including the international break. Juventus were missing the services of Ronaldo for this encounter after he suffered a thigh injury on international duty for Portugal.
In what looked like a double blow for manager Massimiliano Allegri, Dybala also joined Ronaldo on the sidelines, after dropping out of the warm-ups.
However, teenage sensation Moise Kean stepped up in their absence to score the winner which powered Juventus to 78 points, 18 points clear off their closest rival Napoli.
Cristiano Ronaldo whose full name is ” Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro” is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.
Born on 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, He raised on the Portuguese island of Madeira, Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart at age 15. He underwent an operation to treat his condition, and began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United at age 18 in 2003.
He has a height of 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Cristiano Ronaldo is considered the best player in the world and regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time with rival Lionel Messi, Ronaldo has a record-tying five Ballon d’Or awards, the most for a European player, and is the first player to win four European Golden Shoes.
He has won 27 trophies in his career, including five league titles, five UEFA Champions League titles and one UEFA European Championship.
A prolific goalscorer, Ronaldo holds the records for most official goals scored in Europe’s top-five leagues (414), the UEFA Champions League (124), the UEFA European Championship (9), as well as those for most assists in the UEFA Champions League (34) and the UEFA European Championship (6). He has scored 700 senior career goals for club and country.
After winning his first trophy in England, the FA Cup, during his first season there, he helped United win three successive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup.
By age 22, he had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations and at age 23, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
In 2009, Ronaldo was the subject of, what was, at the time, the most expensive association football transfer when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth €94 million (£80 million).
With Real Madrid, Ronaldo won 15 trophies, including two La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, four UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups, and three FIFA Club World Cups.
Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer, Ronaldo scored a record 34 La Liga hat-tricks, including a record-tying eight hat-tricks in the 2014–15 season and is the only player to reach 30 goals in six consecutive La Liga seasons.
After joining Madrid, Ronaldo finished runner-up for the Ballon d’Or three times, behind Lionel Messi, his perceived career rival, before winning back-to-back Ballons d’Or in 2013 and 2014.
After winning the 2016 and 2017 Champions Leagues, Ronaldo secured back-to-back Ballons d’Or again in 2016 and 2017.
A historic third consecutive Champions League followed, making Ronaldo the first player to win the trophy five times.
In 2018, he signed for Juventus in a transfer worth an initial €100 million; the highest ever paid by an Italian club and the highest fee ever paid for a player over 30 years old.
A Portuguese international, Ronaldo was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation in 2015.
He made his senior debut for Portugal in 2003 at age 18, and has since had over 150 caps, including appearing and scoring in eight major tournaments, becoming Portugal’s most capped player and his country’s all-time top goalscorer. He scored his first international goal at Euro 2004 and helped Portugal reach the final.Planck
He took over full captaincy in July 2008, leading Portugal to their first-ever triumph in a major tournament by winning Euro 2016, and received the Silver Boot as the second-highest goalscorer of the tournament, before becoming the highest European international goalscorer of all-time.