Cagliari 1-3 Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a first-half hat-trick on Sunday evening as Juventus beat Cagliari in Sardinia to maintain their hopes of retaining the Italian Serie A title.

Ronaldo scored all three goals in just over half an hour at the Sardegna Arena and afterwards spoke of finally surpassing the all-time goalscoring record of Brazilian legend Pele, who congratulated the Portugal captain.

Ronaldo put Juventus ahead after ten minutes when he headed in Juan Cuadrado’s cross, before drawing a penalty from Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragnio which he converted halfway through the first period. Ronaldo’s treble was sealed with a fierce left-footed shot in the 32nd minute, during an opening half which also saw him collide with Cragnio, leading Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini to state post-match that the Seleção man should have earned a red card.

The third goal was followed by a celebration which appeared to show Ronaldo hitting back at recent criticism following Juve’s Champions League elimination to FC Porto in midweek, but taking to social media after the match the 36-year-old was quick to focus on his goalscoring achievement having increased his career tally to 770.

Ronaldo’s statement via Instagram:

"The last few weeks were filled with news and stats considering me the World’s Top Scorer in football history, overcoming Pelé’s 757 official goals. Although I’m thankful for that recognition, now it’s time for me to explain why I didn’t acknowledge that record until this moment,” he wrote.

“My everlasting and unconditional admiration for mister Edson Arantes do Nascimento, such as the respect that I have for mid-20th century football, led me to take into account his 767 score, assuming his 9 goals for São Paulo State Team, as well as his single goal for the Brazilian Military Team, as official goals.

“The World has changed since then and football as changed as well, but this doesn’t mean that we can just erase history according to our interests.

“Today, as I reach the 770th official goal in my professional career, my first words go straight to Pelé. There’s no player in the World who hasn’t been raised listening to stories about his games, his goals and his achievements, and I’m no exception.

“And for that reason, I’m filled with joy and pride as I acknowledge the goal that put’s me on top of the World’s goalscoring list, overcoming Pelé’s record, something that I could never have dreamed of while growing up as a child from Madeira.

“Thanks to all of those who took part of this amazing journey with me. To my teammates, to my opponents, to the fans of the beautiful game all over the World and, above all, to my family and close friends: trust me when I say that I couldn’t have done it without you.

“Now I can’t wait for the next games and challenges! The next records and trophies! Believe me, this story is still far from being over. The future is tomorrow and there’s still a lot to win for Juventus and Portugal!

“Join me in this journey! Let’s go!”

Pele evidently agrees that his record has been surpassed, with the Brazil legend issuing a statement of his own congratulating Ronaldo. “Cristiano, life is a solo flight. Each makes his own journey. And what a beautiful journey you are having!” Pele began, also on Instagram.

“I admire you a lot, I love watching you play and this is no secret to anyone. Congratulations on breaking my record of goals in official matches. My only regret is not being able to give you a hug today.”

Ronaldo’s hat-trick, which put him on 23 league goals for the season, means Juve remain ten points behind leaders Inter with one game in-hand. Although Juve have much work to do in order to chase down the Nerazurri during the remaining eleven matches, the clash between the sides on the penultimate matchday of the season offers hope for the Bianconeri in securing a 10th straight Scudetto.

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

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Weird...thought he was washed up.

Its so easy to score goals v Gagliari, must be why all other Juve players and serie A players did the same. OH WAIT, they didnt, only Ronaldo did.

Odd that. Just another chapter in the book of "stupid crap Z...

Weird...thought he was washed up.

Its so easy to score goals v Gagliari, must be why all other Juve players and serie A players did the same. OH WAIT, they didnt, only Ronaldo did.

Odd that. Just another chapter in the book of "stupid crap Z says". Its not a best seller because his crowd aren't huge readers. Catch 22.

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LOL

Thats what happens when you piss Ronaldo off.

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You haters (i.e. Chris and Val) need to stop this obsession with me.
I know I rub people the wrong way but that is often down to jealousy of my own personal success with career, finances, and with women.

Finally, my beloved Sporting CP is...

You haters (i.e. Chris and Val) need to stop this obsession with me.
I know I rub people the wrong way but that is often down to jealousy of my own personal success with career, finances, and with women.

Finally, my beloved Sporting CP is living up to my own personal success and is on track to be Campeao this season.
Sporting CP is the club that is meant for successful elite individuals of Portuguese society. it has been that way since the founding by the Viscount of Alvalade. Our time has come and I predict that Sporting will enter a period of sustained dominance in Portuguese football.

As for CR7, good for him but he isnt going to win the Ballon Dor with a hat trick against Cagliari. Ronaldo's last real chance at glory this season is leading Portugal to Euro 2021.

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Slow your roll there Warren Buffet. You aren't important enough to merit having "haters". Val and I are merely dealers of reality in your world of hallucinations.

The point isn't that the things you say rub people the wrong way, it's that you...

Slow your roll there Warren Buffet. You aren't important enough to merit having "haters". Val and I are merely dealers of reality in your world of hallucinations.

The point isn't that the things you say rub people the wrong way, it's that you say shit purposely to get on people's nerves. So much so that it becomes your only motive which means you're constantly shifting your arguments and don't really have a point of view or anything interesting to contribute.

Ronaldo is the Serie A scoring leader, just surpassed Pele in all-time goals, and may yet surpass the all time international goals record. If that isn't Ballon d'Or worthy, I don't know what is.

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Chris, listen: This so-called "Z"--- hahahahahaha. He/she/it is priceless. Really, I piss myself laughing when I read masterpieces like this: "Finally, my beloved Sporting CP is living up to my own personal success and is on track to be Campeao...

Chris, listen: This so-called "Z"--- hahahahahaha. He/she/it is priceless. Really, I piss myself laughing when I read masterpieces like this: "Finally, my beloved Sporting CP is living up to my own personal success and is on track to be Campeao this season. Sporting CP is the club that is meant for successful elite individuals of Portuguese society". Let that strange individual be what ever he/she/it wants. Insecure to the bone, he/she/it is the kind of person that has never learned to accept him/her/itself..- and is therefore doomed to permanently trying lift him/her/itself on a "ELITE"-level where he/she/it thinks would be a position to look down on others - because deep inside the so called "Z" thingy feels so damned small and unimportant. Unable to give his/her/it's life any kind of sense. Just relax and enjoy the "Z"-show, Chris... I do for sure. As long as it may last. LoL

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Rolf, I agree 100%, but it's gotten unbearable recently. As Sporting have done well, he's crawled out of his hole and is a blemish on other good Sportinguistas.

The problem with insecure people is, the longer they go unchecked, the worse they...

Rolf, I agree 100%, but it's gotten unbearable recently. As Sporting have done well, he's crawled out of his hole and is a blemish on other good Sportinguistas.

The problem with insecure people is, the longer they go unchecked, the worse they become. Look at all the murderous despots throughout history, they all share an inferiority complex as a common factor.

That said, you are correct and I have said my piece. I'll just sit back and watch him embarass himself in all his "success". Cheers.

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In -Z-'s defense, Ronaldo has become increasingly one dimensional. He's an above-average penalty taker (not so well against Iran a few years ago) and a decent header. In fact, I was surprised to see he kept up with the other two attackers on the...

In -Z-'s defense, Ronaldo has become increasingly one dimensional. He's an above-average penalty taker (not so well against Iran a few years ago) and a decent header. In fact, I was surprised to see he kept up with the other two attackers on the long run to setup his third goal. I hold my breathe every time he falls thinking he might not get up. I mean, he's kind of become an old man. Sorry to burst all your Ron Ron bubbles.

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What I dont understand is why fans are so quick to turn against Ronaldo. Juve fans have turned on him despite the fact he at times has carried that crap of a team coached by someone with zero coaching experience. Same thing happened at Real...

What I dont understand is why fans are so quick to turn against Ronaldo. Juve fans have turned on him despite the fact he at times has carried that crap of a team coached by someone with zero coaching experience. Same thing happened at Real Madrid. Now Real saying they want him back. I would love to see Messi and Ronaldo go to PSG. What magic they (even though they are not what they use to be) could create together. I know, wont happen but would love to see

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Ronaldo should go back to Sporting. He has enough money.
It is the only club he will be appreciated at in his advancing age.

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One Sporting fan: This game proved Ronaldo is finished.

Same Sporting fan: Ronaldo should go back to Sporting. He has enough money.
It is the only club he will be appreciated at in his advancing age.

Lol, some idea of appreciation you have.

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Z i'm just messing with you. You open the door to posting nonsense, and I cant help myself, lol.

No hate just tit for tat. I am still waiting on an update on your "easily 8 out of 10 hot Italian wife" though, what happened to her?

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Ronaldo is a beast. Crazy last week on this site he was being thrown to the side as washed up over one bad game and said to be replaced with Andre Silva. Pepe knows Ronaldo very well and If anyone knows how to defend Ronaldo it’s him and he...

Ronaldo is a beast. Crazy last week on this site he was being thrown to the side as washed up over one bad game and said to be replaced with Andre Silva. Pepe knows Ronaldo very well and If anyone knows how to defend Ronaldo it’s him and he showed it. Every player has good games and bad ones. In Ronaldo’s case he very rarely doesn’t show up in big games. However he’s human just like everyone else and one bad game against Porto vs another all world defender who’s played with Ronaldo his whole career and knows all his tendencies shouldn’t be resulting in such bashing. While it still
angers me that club fans are so easy to ridicule him after one bad game it’s even worse when Portuguese fans do the same. This man has worn the Portugal jersey with more pride then anyone in history. He’s the greatest player in our history and was the biggest reason why we finally won a big international trophy. He’s still the best player we have by a mile. Give the guy a break. And I would love to see him play with Messi or sporting but I doubt either will happen. In sportings case they can’t afford him and even if he came for free Amorim seems like a no nonsense coach that really builds his team around intensity and pressing. Ronaldo can do neither of those things with consistency at this point in his career and even when he did do it for a few years with mourihno at Madrid he quickly got fed up with running up and down the pitch all game. He needs to go to a team that controls the ball most of the game and he can just run around the opposing box and put the goals in

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