Cristiano Ronaldo netted in his 600th club goal and celebrated the usual way he does – The jump, the twirl and the ‘siiii’. The Portuguese reached the milestone on Saturday as his strike helped Juventus hold Inter Milan 1-1 in the Serie A clash. The desire and hunger the score has been Ronaldo’s way of leading from the front.
Along with scoring his 600th club, goal, he also helped Juventus clinch a record 8th successive Serie A title and became the first player in history to win Europe’s top three league titles – Premier League (Manchester United), La Liga (Real Madrid) and Serie A (Juventus).
This season, Ronaldo netted in 20 league goals, three less than Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella who is currently leading the goal charts in the Italian league. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner can also become the first player to win the top goalscorer award in Europe’s top three of five leagues, claiming the prize in Spain and England. With four rounds remaining and the league title in their pocket, Ronaldo can focus on bagging another individual award.
The Portuguese has scored 27 goals for Juventus, 450 for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United and five for Sporting Lisbon. Earlier in the season, Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe’s top five leagues.
Ronaldo may have missed out on increasing his goal tally in the UEFA Champions League this season after the Bianconeris were ousted by Ajax in the quarterfinals, but the leading goal scorer in the tournament will hope continue his dominant run next season.
However, Ronaldo’s rival, Lionel Messi is also not too far away from reaching the 600 mark as on Sunday, he scored his 598th club goal to helps FC Barcelona beat Levante to clinch the La Liga title. The Catalan giants are also in the race for the UEFA Champions League as they have reached the semifinals but face last season’s finalists, Liverpool. The first leg of the clash will begin on April 1 at Camp Nou.