Ronaldo brace steers 10-man Juventus past Sassuolo

Arnold Nichols
September 20, 2018

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo, who arrived amid great pomp and ceremony following a 100-million-euro ($117 million) deal from Real Madrid, tapped in from barely a yard out after a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes.

Ronaldo has failed to find the net during his first three games for Juventus following his move from Real Madrid and will continue his quest when the Serie A leaders, early leaders with nine points, host surprise early challengers Sassuolo on Sunday.

The 33-year-old was unsurprisingly named man of the match and boss Allegri praised the superstar.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri claimed Costa will be fined by the club after he was sent off for spitting at a Sassuolo opponent on Sunday, marring a 2-1 Serie A win in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for the club.

"Perfectionist? I missed a few goals, but this is football, the most important thing is to win".

'I also apologise to my teammates, who are always by my side, in good and bad times.

"I think he rushed a couple of chances today - it looked like he was absolutely desperate to score".

This time Costa head-butted Di Francesco, before spitting at him from very close range. "Even if I just gave him two passes, he would score two goals and that's why he's one of the greatest footballers who's ever lived". That is 39 more than his nearest competitor in that list, as Lionel Messi comes second-place with 621 goals of his own.

Ronaldo's last act for Real was lifting the Champions League trophy in Kiev after beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final before he dropped the bombshell in a pitch-side interview that he had made a decision to leave Madrid.

Ronaldo needed three-and-a-half games to break his duck for Juventus, but Allegri said he never had any doubts about the Portugal forward.

In an Instagram comment, Costa replied: "You do not know what you are talking about, you do not know what Di Francesco told me".

Ronaldo was delighted to get off the mark for his new club.

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