Cristiano Ronaldo enters tonight’s Serie A clash against Parma looking to stamp his name into the Juventus history books.
It’s been a bit of an up-and-down week for Cristiano Ronaldo having struggled from a bout of sinusitis. He missed Juventus’ mid-week win over Udinese and was doubtful for tonight’s Serie A match against Parma.
Unfortunately for the Crociati, however, Ronaldo returned to training at Continassa on Friday.
It’s only natural, therefore, that the Portuguese’s return has completely changed the tide of tonight’s game.
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Cristiano has been in scintillating form recently with nine goals in his last six Serie A matches. He will pick up the club’s Player of the Month award before the Parma game begins.
But tonight offers Ronaldo something he hasn’t had before now – a chance to write his name into the Juve history books.
Should the five-time Ballon d’Or winner score at the Allianz Stadium, he will equal Michel Platini (1983/84) and Roberto Bettega’s (1979/80) record of scoring in seven consecutive Serie A matches for Juventus.
Ronaldo’s personal best is scoring in 11 successive games for Real Madrid.
Parma can cause problems
Roberto D’Aversa’s side have made sound progress this season to move up to a respectable seventh-place in Serie A.
It’s incredible to think they were down in Serie D in 2015 after declaring bankruptcy. Three straight promotions later, however, Parma are back in thick of things in Italy’s top flight.
They have shown plenty of promising signs this season and hope to build on last Monday’s 2-0 win over Lecce.
Moreover, Parma held Juventus to a thrilling 3-3 draw in Turin last season and nearly snatched a point in their last meeting.
So it’s crucial Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus take control early on tonight.
“We’ll be playing against a team in good physical and mental shape,” said head coach D’Aversa on the club’s website.
“It won’t be a simple match, we know we’re up against it but a lot will depend on how we go into the match and our desire to get a result.
“From a motivational point of view there’s very little to say in games like these, you have to find the energy that the match itself gives you.
“It’s a difficult but good game to play, in a stadium that will probably be sold out.
“I think that when you’re starting your professional career it’s everybody’s dream to play against Juventus, and to play like equals.
“That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
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A fallen legend
While Cristiano Ronaldo’s return is a boost, it won’t ease the sombre mood in Turin right now.
Club legend Pietro Anastasi died earlier this week.
The ex-Italian forward scored 130 goals in 303 games for Juventus between 1968 and 1976. He was also famously on target in Italy’s 2-0 win over Yugoslavia in the 1968 European Championship final.
Thus, tributes have poured in from all over Italy this week for the Bianconeri icon.
“I’d like to remember Anastasi,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.
“A very important player in Juventus’ history and Italian football.
“I remember him as a leading man in the 1968 European Championship, a great footballer and a great man.”
Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio added: “He was an icon of a football which is not existing anymore.
“One of those players you fell in love with only by listening to the tales of your father.”
Anastasi died following a two-year battle with cancer.