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The forward scored twice against Parma to equal Omar Sivori, the last player to score as many goals in Serie A in a calendar year in 1961.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the fourth player to score at least 33 Serie A goals in a calendar year as he bagged a double in Juventus’ 4-0 win over Parma.
The 35-year-old scored in each half as Juve advanced to a victory that put them on points with Inter and one adrift from leader Milan, who play their match on Sunday.
Ronaldo equaled the goals of former Juventus striker Omar Sivori in 1961, the third in a single year behind Gunnar Nordahl (36 in 1950) and Felice Borel (41 in 1933).
It could move further up the list as Juventus have one more league game to play in 2020: a home game with Fiorentina on Tuesday.
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Speaking after the match, Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo praised his star forward and also expressed his happiness with the effort of the entire team.
“Tonight it was the Juventus I wanted to see. We needed to win this game, our forwards Cristiano and Alvaro [Morata] they both needed to get back to scoring. We needed to work as a team and Aaron Ramsey also had a really good game, “he told reporters.
“We are slowly getting to what we all want, not just me, but also the players. I particularly like the high pressure when the opponents have the ball, we can get it back quickly and that allows us to control the game. That spirit is getting into the boys and we are getting better game by game.
“Now we are aware that we are on the right track, that we will have this attitude in all matches, whether against Parma or against Barcelona. We must press high, be aggressive and get the ball back in order to control the game. “
Ronaldo’s 33 goals come from 174 attempts, at least 67 more than any other player, giving him a shot conversion rate of 27.73, which compares to 28.26 for Ciro Immobile, who is the next top scorer this year. in Serie A with 26 for Lazio. .
The Portuguese international has scored 27 with his strongest right foot, four with his left and two with his head.
Robert Lewandowski, named FIFA’s Best Male Player of the Year on Thursday, has 32 Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich since January 1, while Barcelona star Lionel Messi has just 18 in La Liga in the same period. of time.