Once again, striker Cristiano Ronaldo (36 years old, 18 matches and 16 goals in Serie A this season) took Juventus Turin to the top of Serie A at the beginning of February, opening the scoring against AS Roma (2-0). The Portuguese international is in exceptional form and continues to impress with his consistency.
Proof of this is provided by statistician Optasports.com, who tells us that since his arrival in Piedmont at the start of the 2018-2019 season, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been directly involved in 84 league matches, with 68 strikes and 16 assists. A formidable statistic, which makes Ronaldo the most decisive player in Italy during this period, ahead of Lazio Rome striker Ciro Immobile, who contributed 82 goals, and Atalanta centre-forward Duvan Zapata, involved in 66 goals. All in all, CR7 remains unstoppable.
Still a goalscorer at 36, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t want to hear about decline
If Zlatan Ibrahimovic likes to compare himself to Benjamin Button, what about Cristiano Ronaldo? After celebrating his 36th birthday in the first week of February, the Portuguese player did what he knows how to do best: score, and put Juventus on the road to success against Roma (2-0). The statistic has been around for a long time: it is the 300th goal scored by “CR7” since he passed the 30 year mark.
Clearly, time has no hold on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. This season, he has scored 22 goals in 23 matches, stronger than ever, and bookmakers have well understood this, according to Betiton.com. And he doesn’t intend to stop there. This is the meaning of the message he posted before the match against Rome, on the occasion of his birthday.
Always 100% on target
Here’s what CR7 wrote: “36 years old, unbelievable! It seems like it all started yesterday, but this trip is already full of adventures and stories to remember. My first ball, my first team, my first goal … Time flies! From Madeira to Lisbon, from Lisbon to Manchester, from Manchester to Madrid, from Madrid to Turin, but above all, from the bottom of my heart to the world … I gave everything I could, I never held back and I always tried to provide the best possible version of myself. In return, you have given me your love and admiration, your presence and unconditional support. And for that, I can never thank you enough. I could not have done without you.”
“As I celebrate my 36th birthday and my 20th birthday as a professional footballer, I am sorry I cannot promise you another 20 years,” he continued. “But what I can promise you is that as long as I continue, you will never receive less than 100% from me!” Knowing the animal is anything but an empty promise. A Ronaldo at the end of the race with 10 goals in 30 games over a season is not an option for him.
The star of Juventus Turin is by far the highest paid player in Serie A
This Friday, the Gazzetta dello Sport revealed the salaries of the Serie A teams this season. Unsurprisingly, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself at the top of the league’s highest paid players with a salary of more than 32 million euros per year, or the trifle of 650,000 euros per week. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner crushes the competition in this field, with an income four times higher than the second highest paid player, Matthijs de Ligt. The 21-year-old central defender earns 8 million euros a year, while Paulo Dybala’s salary reaches 7.4 million euros a year.
But one of the most impressive statistics is still the following: Cristiano Ronaldo earns as much or more than the squad of four Serie A teams: Udinese, Hellas Verona, Spezia and Crotone. A new record to his credit.
With the five best-paid players in the championship, Juventus Turin logically dominates the ranking of the clubs with the biggest wage bill with a total of 240 million euros, ahead of Inter Milan (151 million) and AS Roma (113 million).