Cristiano Ronaldo scores as Juventus Claims another SERIE A Title (Scudetto)
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the cementing goal and Juventus beat Sampdoria 2-0 Sunday to give the Turin club’s record-extending ninth straight Serie A title.
(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Before the break for the coronavirus pandemic. After the lockdown. Furthermore, presently for a long time running. Juventus is the undisputed pioneer of Italian football. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the ‘sealer’ and Juventus beat Sampdoria 2-0 Sunday to make sure the Turin club’s record-expanding ninth in a row Serie A title.
At the last whistle, Juventus players moved in festivity and grasped each other before the unfilled stands inside the Allianz Stadium.
For the lads, the city of Turin, and Juventus, it was the first title under coach Maurizio Sarri, who brought in a completely new system.
“It was the most beautiful title because it was the most difficult,” said defender Leonardo Bonucci, the current Captain of the side, following Giorgio Chiellini’s injury. “We started a new era, a new philosophy, ran into so many difficulties, but we continued to give our all throughout, even when there were so many slip-ups.”
“It was so complicated beyond the field, too; the world changed in three months. It was difficult to get our heads back into it after three months. We suffered.”
“It’s for those who left us and cheered for us from up above,” Bonucci said. “It’s been an intense year. But we stayed together as a team.”
He then dedicated the title to Juventus fans who were victims of the coronavirus.
Ronaldo completed a set-piece when Miralem Pjanić rolled across a free kick for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to fire into the far top corner in first-half added time. The goal came in as his 31st in 32 matches.
Federico Bernardeschi then topped it up, to finish it all by scoring his first Serie A goal in nearly two years by knocking in a rebound of Ronaldo’s shot midway through the second half.
Ronaldo missed a penalty, which saw Ciro Immobile go past him with a hat-trick in their game.