Cristiano Ronaldo recorded his 600th league appearance with his 20th Serie A goal of the season as Juventus beat Spezia 3-0 on Tuesday to move within three points of second-placed AC Milan.
The Portuguese guided in his side’s third goal late on after Alvaro Morata and Federico Chiesa struck earlier in the second half to put Andrea Pirlo’s side in a strong position.
Morata had put Juve ahead in the 62nd minute before Chiesa wrapped up the three points just moments later at the Allianz Stadium against 15th-placed Spezia.
Ronaldo, who also hit the post with an effort in the first half, becomes the first player to score at least 20 goals in each of the last 12 seasons in Europe’s top five leagues.
The stretch began in 2009-10, his first season with Real Madrid after he had scored a mere 18 goals during his last season with Manchester United.
The Portuguese star scored at least 25 times during each of his nine seasons in Madrid, hitting the 40-goal mark three times during his trophy-filled time in Spain.
Since moving to Juventus, Ronaldo has barely slowed down, as he scored 52 goals across his first two seasons in Serie A.
He hit the 20-goal mark with his finish against Spezia, having scored a further seven in other competitions so far this campaign.
The win leaves Juve third with 49 points from 24 games behind Milan on 52 and leaders Inter with 56, both of whom are in action this week against Udinese and Parma respectively.
Next up for Juventus, they host Lazio on Saturday evening in Serie A.