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Ronaldo rocks as Juventus clinch 9th straight Italian League title

“Delighted for the second consecutive championship and to continue building the history of this great and splendid club,” said Ronaldo on Instagram.

Ronaldo rocks as Juventus clinch 9th straight Italian League title

Juventus won the title with two games to spare on Sunday when Cristiano Ronaldo scored to set them on the way to a 2-0 win over Sampdoria.

The Turin side, with 83 points, moved seven clear of second-placed Inter Milan with two games each to play as they gave coach Maurizio Sarri his first major Italian title.

Juventus have stumbled over the line in the title race as they had won just one of their five games before beating Sampdoria as they finished above Inter Milan, Atalanta and Lazio who all couldn’t stay in touch in the title race after the restart.

After a frustrating opening for the hosts, Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time with his 31st league goal of the season after Miralem Pjanic rolled a free kick to him.

Ronaldo was also involved in the second goal when his shot was blocked by Emil Audero and Federico Bernardeschi snapped up the rebound in the 67th minute.

With this, Ronaldo also became the first player to score 30 goals in a league campaign for Juventus since John Hansen in 1951-52. 

Juventus, to nobody’s surprise, has been led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who hit the 30-goal barrier in what has been his best scoring season in league play since 2015-16. At 35, Ronaldo has remained a goal machine, though his league tally of 31 has undoubtedly been helped by the 12 penalty kicks he converted. It would have been 32 and 13 had he not hit the crossbar on an 89th-minute attempt Sunday.

Ronaldo trails only Lazio’s Ciro Immobile, who is on 34 goals (with 14 PKs) after Sunday’s hat trick vs. Hellas Verona, as both vie for the league’s scoring title. In Juventus’s recent win over Lazio, Ronaldo became the only player in history to hit 50 career goals in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League.

Juventus otherwise relied on its usual cast of characters and tested veterans, with Paulo Dybala re-emerging with an 11-goal campaign to complement Ronaldo’s output. 

One of the club’s biggest signings and gems of last summer’s transfer window, center back Matthijs De Ligt, didn’t have the dominant season most would have expected from the Ajax product and Dutch star. He did score a great goal vs. Udinese on Thursday, his third of the season. It looked to be a title-winning goal, until Juventus conceded twice, including the decider in stoppage time.

Juventus cannot win the treble, having been eliminated from the Coppa Italia in the semifinals that preceded Serie A’s return, but it still holds dreams of a league-Champions League double. Juve must overturn a 1-0 deficit to Lyon in the second leg of the round of 16 next month. If it advances, it will play the winner of Man City-Real Madrid in the quarterfinals in Portugal as part of UEFA’s revamped conclusion to the competition.

Juventus has already taken steps to alter the squad for next season, agreeing on what’s effectively a player swap with Barcelona, which has Miralem Pjanic going to the Spanish power and Brazilian midfielder Arthur coming to Juve.

Ronaldo trails only Lazio’s Ciro Immobile, who is on 34 goals (with 14 PKs) after Sunday’s hat trick vs. Hellas Verona, as both vie for the league’s scoring title. 

Juventus have now won 36 league titles in Italy, a record among Europe’s top five leagues, and their ninth title win in a row aligns them with Celtic and Ludogorets who are currently also on a run of ninth league titles on the spin.

At the final whistle, Juventus players danced in celebration and embraced each other before the empty stands inside the Allianz Stadium. And as expected wild celebrations followed the win.

Take a look below at the scenes below as Juventus’ players and coaching staff celebrated in their home stadium.

“Delighted for the second consecutive championship and to continue building the history of this great and splendid club,” said Ronaldo on Instagram.

“This title is dedicated to all Juventus fans, in particular to those who have suffered and are suffering from the pandemic that has taken us all by surprise by overturning the world.

“It was not easy. Your courage, your attitude and your determination were the strength we needed to face this tight final of the championship and fight to the end for this title that belongs to all of Italy,” CR7 added.

For Juventus’ first title under coach Maurizio Sarri, the team had to overcome the three-month break for the coronavirus pandemic.

Maurizio Sarri was hired by Juventus to impose his renowned high-tempo passing game on the team but the new coach stumbled across a small problem: everything revolves around Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the end, it was the individual brilliance of players such as Ronaldo and playmaker Paulo Dybala, rather than the manager’s tactics, which brought Juve their ninth successive Serie A crown and Sarri his first major title in Italian football.

It was Juve’s 36th Italian league title overall.

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