Why Ronaldo needed to score from a free kick…


Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he was relieved to finally score from a free kick after 42 failed attempts in almost two years.

It was a night where records were broken as veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon set the Serie A record for the most appearances (648) in Juventus’ 4-1 thrashing of Torino on Saturday at the Allianz Stadium.

Buffon broke the record previously set by his former Italy teammate Paolo Maldini.

Juventus claimed Derby Della Mole bragging rights as Ronaldo became the first Juve player since Omar Sivori (1960/61) to reach 25 Serie A goals and the only sixth player in Juve’s history. Picture: Juventus. 

“I needed to score from a free kick to get my confidence back,” said Ronaldo.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we deserved to win, we played well. Our goal has been concretized, we can put pressure on Lazio.

“My goal? I was waiting to score on a free kick, I’m happy, but it’s important to win regardless of who scores. We are improving as a team, that’s what matters,” added the Portuguese international.

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said he was not aware that failing to score from a free kick was bothering the five-times World Player of the Year.

“I honestly didn’t think it was (a problem) but at the end of the match, he came to me and said ‘finally’, (referring to the goal on a free kick), “said Sarri.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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