Turin (dpa) – When celebrating in the cabin, Cristiano Ronaldo cheered like all his teammates and beamed into the camera. Many half naked, tightly packed – the professionals were happy after the ninth championship in a row for Italy’s record champions Juventus Turin.
With a goal just before half-time, Ronaldo had forced the game in the right direction on Sunday before, in the end it was 2-0 in the home game against Sampdoria Genoa and the Portuguese had his second Serie A title secure. Two games before the end of the season, the lead over Inter Milan is seven points.
“It is the most beautiful title because it was the most difficult,” said captain Leonardo Bonucci on behalf of the injured Giorgio Chiellini. The “Old Lady” now has 36 titles, for Ronaldo it is the seventh national championship of his career and the third title in Italy after the championship and the Super Cup victory last season.
The 35-year-old was still not 100 percent satisfied on Sunday. Although he also had a direct part in the 2-0, when his deflected shot became the template for Federico Bernardeschi (67.) – but he also missed a penalty in the 89th minute and thus missed a very good opportunity on goal number 32. 31 Goals in 32 games currently only rank second in the list of goalscorers behind former Dortmund professional Ciro Immobile, who now has 34 goals after a triple pack.
In the course of his professional career, Ronaldo has been the top scorer in a competition 19 times, from the Champions League to the leagues in England and Spain or the European Championship – but in Serie A it may not work on the second attempt. Last season, after moving from Real Madrid to Juve, it was enough for fourth place with 21 goals.
On Wednesday against Cagliari Calcio and finally against AS Roma, Ronaldo still has two games to maybe overtake Immobile. Another goal would be enough to set an age-old club record. Since the 1934/35 season, no Juve professional has scored 32 goals in Italy’s first division like Felice Borel once did.
Ronaldo may have to do without his team-mate Paulo Dybala in the final sprint of the season, who, like right-back Danilo, had to be replaced injured in the first half. At first there was no diagnosis. With a view to the Champions League, the substitutions should have been a downer for many fans. On August 7th, Juve must make up for a 0-1 first-leg defeat by Olympique Lyon to reach the final tournament in Lisbon. Real Madrid or Manchester City would wait as opponents in the next knockout stage.