Ronaldo breaks Rui Costa Serie A record


Six days after he drew a blank in the Coppa Italia final which Juventus lost 4-2 on penalties to Napoli, Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Manuel Rui Costa to become the leading Portuguese scorer in Serie A history on Monday evening.

Ronaldo’s first half penalty goal against Bologna was his 43rd in Serie A and led Juventus to a 2-0 victory along with Paulo Dybala’s strike at Renato Dall’Ara Stadium. The Italian giants moved four points clear of Lazio on top of the table

The Portuguese star has now found the back of the back in 15 of the 16 venues he has played in the Italian top-flight. Ronaldo has netted 22 goals in Serie A this season, which is more than the 21 he scored in his debut campaign in Italy.

Rui Costa played for Fiorentina and AC Milan between 1994 and 2006, scoring 42 goals in eight years in Serie A.

“Dybala and Ronaldo? Having individuality at this level solves certain games, but we must put ourselves in the position to both exploit them as much as possible and to remain a team,” said Juve coach Maurizio Sarri.

The Real Madrid all-time leading scorer with 450 goals is also the Portuguese scorer in the English Premier League (PL) history with 84 goals in 196 appearances.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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