How Cristiano Ronaldo is back to his blistering best at the ripe of old age of 35

Cristiano Ronaldo has been at his blistering best for Juventus – scoring 20 goals in his last 16 league appearances.

The Portuguese international looks set to guide Juve to an unprecedented ninth successive Serie A title with the Old Lady leading Lazio by seven points with eight games remaining.

Ronaldo scored his first free-kick for Juventus in their 4-1 win over Torino in the Turin derby on Saturday and has scored in all but one of his last 16 league appearances.

Juventus lost to Napoli on penalties in the Coppa Italia final on June 17 but they could still complete the 2019/20 campaign with a potential domestic and European double.

Lyon won 1-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 but Juve will be hopeful of completing a remarkable comeback to reach their fourth successive quarter-final.

ALLIANZ STADIUM, TORINO, ITALY – 2020/06/26: Paulo Dybala of Juventus FC celebrate with his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between Juventus Fc and Us Lecce. Juventus Fc wins 4-0 over Us Lecce. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Maurizio Sarri was initially reluctant to play Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala together with the pair starting alongside each other just twice in the opening seven games in all competitions.

However, Dybala and Ronaldo have gone onto forge an extraordinary partnership – directly being involved in 66 goals across all competitions this term.

The pair have scored 56% of Juve’s goals in the Italian top-flight during the 2019/20 campaign, while Ronaldo has surpassed his tally from the previous season (28) to score 29 goals in 38 appearances.

“Something has changed in terms of movements, but they have learned to look for each other more often,” Sarri said.

He added: “They have realised that by benefitting from each other, both reap the rewards. It’s something I have noticed in training too.”

Ronaldo is four goals adrift of leading scorer Ciro Immobile (29) in the race for the Capocannoniere. Immobile has averaged a goal every 85 minutes, compared to Ronaldo who has scored a goal every 92 minutes.

However, Ronaldo’s current form suggests he could take the race for the golden boot down to the wire. While many of his predecessors had retired by the age of 35, Ronaldo is still achieving success at the highest echelons of European football.

The 35-year-old has scored 57 goals in 81 appearances in all competitions since switching from Real Madrid to Juventus in July 2018.

He’s scored 729 goals and won 28 major trophies for club and country alongside countless individual awards. If the former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward can maintain his form for the remainder of the year then he’ll undoubtedly be in pole position to contend for a record-equalling sixth Ballon D’Or.

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