SERIE A

Cristiano Ronaldo sets record with 15th Serie A goal of season

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to have scored at least 15 goals in each of the last 15 seasons in Europe's top five leagues.

Match that, Messi! Ronaldo has hit 15 league goals or more in 15 consecutive seasons

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo added yet another impressive achievement to his glittering CV when he netted late on in the Bianconeri's 3-1 Serie A win over Sassuolo on Sunday.

Ronaldo reaches 15 league goals for 15th straight season

The Portugal forward's goal meant he became the only player to score at least 15 times in each of the last 15 seasons in the top five European leagues.

Ronaldo first hit double figures in a league season in 2006-07 when he was a Manchester United player, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances.

Remarkably Ronaldo, who turns 36 next month, has not dropped below that tally in a full season ever since.

Ronaldo's best league season was the 2014-15 campaign at Real Madrid where he scored an incredible 48 goals in 35 LaLiga games.

Messi has made it to 15 goals in 12 campaigns in a row

His great rival Lionel Messi has managed to reach 15 goals in 12 consecutive seasons at Barcelona since the 2008-09 campaign, and with 11 so far in LaLiga should make it 13 this year.

Ronaldo actually scored his first Serie A goals when Juve beat Sassuolo 2-1 in September 2018, and he has now scored five goals against them in five meetings in the competition following his goal on Sunday.

Juventus win rate plummets when Ronaldo absent

Ronaldo's value to Juventus is emphasised by their record with and without him.

Juve's win percentage is 72.4 with the forward - and it drops down to 46.7 without him, with an average of 2.3 points per game compared to 1.7.

The Vecchia Signora's average goals scored with Ronaldo on the team is 2.1 per game and drops down to 1.5 when he is absent, and they are better defensively with him involved too, conceding an average 0.9 goals versus 1.1 without him.