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Cristiano Ronaldo goal haul off to a flyer in Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo goal haul off to a flyer in Serie A

MARCO BERTORELLO

AFP

A brace for the new Juventus star in Saturday's win over Empoli has seen him climb to second in the goalscoring charts, something that didn't look likely early on.

Juventus' sensation summer signing from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero of matchday 10 as his brace helped the Old Lady to a 1-2 victory and keeps their distance from the rest at the top of the Serie A table. But it wasn't long ago when things weren't looking so rosey for the Portuguese forward's decision to leave Spain.

Cristiano finding his scoring feet

Much was expected following the 112-million-euro transfer in August but the early games for Ronaldo came and went without goals. And for a player that has made a habit of scoring wherever he has been, and in every season, questions started to be asked about whether he may be past his best.

The counter argument to the lack of goals was that the Italian top flight, famed for catenaccio defending, was different to Spain's LaLiga, where Cristiano and Barcelona's Lionel Messi regularly made scoring look so easy. Even Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said, "it’s almost impossible for a player to score 40 goals in one season."

After 10 games, the Portuguese star appears to have found his feet and has seven goals to his name. It took Ronaldo until the end of November to score his second league goal in Spain in his final campaign for Madrid. It's worth noting that although he missed the initial four matches due to suspension, he only had two goals after 10 games played. What can we expect for the rest of the season?

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