36-year-old striker overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo as Serie A top-scorer
What’s the story?
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Ronaldo led the Serie A scoring charts at the beginning of March but has so far failed to add to his league tally. The Portuguese currently boasts 19 league goals in his debut season in the Italian top flight.
However, he has endured a barren run in the last two weeks. The 34-year-old was rested over the weekend when Juventus beat Udinese in Serie A. Ronaldo emerged top-scorer during his stints with Manchester United and Real Madrid, respectively.
He won the Premier League top-scorer award in the 2007-08 season, before joining Real Madrid, where he continued to score lots of goals. Whilst age is not on his side, Ronaldo has so far proven that his potency in front of goal is still intact.
The Juventus star is currently the club’s top-scorer, although he has been overtaken in the overall Serie A scoring charts.
The heart of the matter
Ronaldo’s absence over the weekend has allowed Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella to overtake him as Serie A top-scorer.
The 36-year-old has netted 20 league goals this season – one ahead of Ronaldo. In fact, AC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek has also pulled level with the Portuguese on 19 Serie A goals.
There is still a long way to go in the season but, as it stands, Ronaldo is facing stiff competition for the Serie A top-scorer award. At a point, the Portuguese was three goals ahead of his nearest competitor, but his recent goal drought seems to be giving more hope to the other contenders.
Meanwhile, the likes of Duvan Zapata, Arkadiusz Milik and Ciro Immobile are also not far off in the race for the Serie A top-scorer.
Ronaldo will turn his attention to the Champions League, as Juventus try to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss to Atletico Madrid.