Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has stated that he finds it annoying that Cristiano Ronaldo has fewer Ballon d’Or trophies than Lionel Messi, yet the Portuguese is doing his best to rectify that by putting forward his best version since 2014.
It has been six years since Ronaldo last scored in six successive league matches, yet that is exactly the feat he has achieved with the Bianconeri this term, with his latest coming in a 2-1 victory over Roma.
In his last six matches in Serie A, Ronaldo has nine goals and, coincidentally, this is a run which began after he was substituted in the 55th minute in a 1-0 victory against AC Milan.
Many suggested Ronaldo’s early withdrawal was a negative sign for the future, but as ever he has responded to doubters by performing exceptionally.
“I feel good,” Ronaldo explained.
“I had been playing with knee and back pain for several weeks, now it has disappeared.
“The team is improving and so am I, even on a personal level.”
Special mention must also go to his goal against Sampdoria, where he headed the ball at a raised height of 2.56 metres off the ground.
His current streak of nine goals in six matches is the best since December 1 in the major European leagues.
He beats Kylian Mbappe, who has eight goals, whilst Marcus Rashford, Neymar and Danny Ings have seven.