Cristiano Ronaldo scored a record 70 Champions League goals in the home stadiums with Lionel Messi as the Portuguese scored a rasping equalizer against Jugarus against Hungarian underdog Ferencvaros.
The guests had taken a shock lead in Turin in the 19th minute when Albanian winger Myrto Uzuni volleyed home and then cheekily got CR7’s own “Sii” celebration on the Portuguese star’s lawn.
Ronaldo had then refused to allow an offside goal before leaving no doubt about his goal in the 35th minute when he cut in from the right flank before shooting past Denes Dibusz from the edge of the box and into Ferencvaros’s goal to equalize the results.
The 35-year-old star scored 70 goals in the Champions League home games – a record he shares with perennial rival Messi.
Ronaldo’s home strikes in Europe’s most important club competition have hit Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus – while Messi’s were all at home with a club man at Nou Camp in Barcelona.
The goal was Ronaldo’s first in the Champions League this season and also meant he has scored one goal in 15 consecutive editions of the competition – one behind Messi’s record of 16.
The Portuguese striker extended his record for the competition’s top scorer with 131 goals, 13 ahead of Messi, who had rested for Barcelona’s trip to Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev, also in Group G.
The goal brought Ronaldo to a remarkable 37 placements in the calendar year as the prolific five-time Ballon d’Or winner shows little sign of slowing down.
Despite the bright spot of Ronaldo’s record strike, it seemed like a frustrating night for Andrea Pirlos Juventus as they were suspended 1-1 with the Hungarian underdogs until Alvaro Morata sealed all three points with a header from an injury that unwound goalkeeper Dibusz .
Barcelona won 4-0 in Kiev thanks to goals from Sergino Dest, Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite who scored a double.
The results guarantee both Barcelona and Juventus places in the knockout stage with two games left, with the Catalan leading Group G with four out of four wins while Juve are three points behind.
Juventus’ next hosts Kiev ahead of a trip to Barcelona as Ronaldo will have the chance to face long-time rival Messi – after being deprived of that chance in Turin after a positive test for Covid-19 in their first game.
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