Cristiano Ronaldo continues to resist age and all statistics as the Portuguese completely celebrated his 36th birthday by delivering Juventus victory in their 2-0 triumph over close Serie A rivals Roma.
Ronaldo fired up another strike to go to 16 goals for the season in just 17 appearances, holding himself ahead of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku as Serie A’s top scorer.
Juventus have now won three successive league games and this win enabled them to replace Roma in third place.
A day after turning 36, Ronaldo scored his first goal in four league games to give Juventus the lead in the 13th minute, latching into the bottom corner with his left foot.
Ronaldo then believed he had scored another with his right but saw his powerful effort come down off the underside of the crossbar, bounce down on the line and away from goal.
Roma did at least applied some tension on the hosts in the second half, but they could not establish that killer chance, with an own-goal from Roger Ibanez in the 69th minute sealing off the win for Andrea Pirlo’s side.
A sixth win in a row in all competitions moved Juve above Roma on to 42 points, two points clear of their opponents and five behind leaders Inter Milan.