dailymail: At the age of 35, many believed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s imperious goalscoring form would’ve dropped off by now.
But it hasn’t. The Portuguese talisman is just as prolific in front of goal for Juventus in his mid-30s and it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
While he often tussled with Lionel Messi for the LaLiga’s Golden Boot when he was at Real Madrid, Ronaldo had encountered a new goalscoring rival in Italy in the form of Ciro Immobile.
The Lazio star has already matched his superb goal tally from the 2017-18 Serie A campaign, where the 31-year-old notched 29 goals.
For much of this campaign, in terms of goalscoring, Immobile has been head and shoulders above the rest, putting him in contention of winning the European Golden Shoe.
Before the world of sport suffered an abrupt stop due to the coronavirus pandemic, Immobile had scored six more in Serie A that his closest rival Ronaldo.
However, the three-month break appears to have affected the two men very differently, with Ronaldo consistently hitting the back of the net to keep Juventus at the top of the table while Immobile has struggled to get firing again.
While Maurizio Sarri’s side have dropped four points in their last six games, Ronaldo has kept up his relentless scoring ability, scoring in every game post-lockdown.
His two goals from the penalty spot in their most recent clash with Atalanta rescued a point for the Italian champions in the dying seconds, proving he remains the man for the big moment – even in the twilight years of his illustrious career.
Looking further back, Ronaldo has been on fire this season up front, scoring 28 goals in as many Serie A matches and 32 in 40 appearances in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Immobile is firing blanks in front of goal and is struggling to replicate his form from before lockdown.
The former Juventus and Borussia Dortmund striker reached 27 goals in record-equalling time, getting the impressive total in 26 games.
Now, he’s only found the back of the net twice and is yet to make his mark in the month of July.
Immobile’s struggles in front of goal have translated to Lazio’s overall team performance, which has seen them lose plenty of ground in the race to de-throne Juventus as champions.
With Juventus close to wrapping up a ninth consecutive Scudetto, Ronaldo will be aiming to do so in style by adding yet another goalscoring title to his shelf at home.
You’d be silly to bet against him, but as is so often the case, many still do.
Source: Published by dailymail