Cristiano Ronaldo net twice as Juventus strode to a 3-0 home win over bottom side Crotone in Serie A on Monday, with the win taking the champions up to third in the standings.
Juve was a little bit sluggish to get going, but their ever-remarkable talisman arrived to meet an Alex Sandro cross in the 38th minute to give Andrea Pirlo’s side the lead.
Ronaldo looked thirsty for more and another bullet header in first-half stoppage time increase the lead, sending Portugal forward back to the top of the league’s scoring charts on 18 goals, one ahead of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.
Ronaldo has now scored against every team currently in Italy’s top flight.
Crotone was the last side that Ronaldo had failed to score against, having now fired 70 goals since making the move to Juventus.
Of all the teams that he’s faced in Serie A since joining from Real Madrid, only Chievo Verona have held Ronaldo scoreless.
Chievo is currently in Serie B, having been relegated after the 2018-19 season.
The 36-year-old had opportunities to complete a hat-trick but it was Weston McKennie who added the third, banging home his fourth Serie A goal of the season in the 66th minute.
The first win in four matches in all games ensured Juve climbed from sixth to third in the table and onto 45 points, eight behind leaders Inter with a game in hand.
Crotone remains rooted to the foot of the table with 12 points from 23 games, eight points from the safety zone.