Cristiano Ronaldo may have broken another record to become the top goalscorer in football history when Juventus won the Italian Super Cup, but the phenomenal striker accepts that the club’s title hopes are well balanced.
Ronaldo scored less than half an hour ahead to break the impasse against Napoli, though Juve survived a horror when Lorenzo Insigne missed a penalty before Alvaro Morata scored with the last kick of the game to ensure boss Andrea Pirlo got his first cup won as a manager.
That goal alone could be a cause for celebration for Ronaldo as some statisticians say it puts him one goal ahead of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Josef Bican as the top scorer of all time.
Official FIFA figures show the Czech legend remains 45 goals ahead of Ronaldo in 805, and there’s an ongoing debate over Pele’s questionable claim to scoring more than 1,000 goals – but Ronaldo is more concerned about his failed team’s chances, not winning the Italian Serie A for the first time since 2011.
The cup win was a little relieved after Juventus lost 2-0 at Inter Milan on Sunday. That put them seven points behind their second-placed title rivals and 10 points ahead of league leaders AC Milan, on which they stand a game in hand.
A loss at San Siro isn’t exactly a sign of decline, but the result brought a sudden halt to three league wins – including a much-needed 3-1 win in Milan – since a disastrous 3-0 home loss to Fiorentina in their last Game from 2020.
“We showed a different attitude towards the poor performance against Inter,” Ronaldo told RAI Sport after collecting his fourth trophy since joining Real Madrid in 2018.
“This is the past, this is a very important trophy and we hope that it can give the team more confidence in the future.
“We are very happy with the win. It was difficult, especially since the pitch was terrible, but we made it.
“Milan and Inter are very strong, but I think we have what it takes to win. It’s going to be very difficult, but I believe Scudetto [Italian title] is still possible. “
The incredible @Cristiano scored his 760th career goal tonight, overtaking Josef Bican as the top goalscorer in football history. What an accomplishment. 👏🏻👏🏻
– Gary Lineker @ (@GaryLineker) January 20, 2021
Pele scored 40 against his son in the back garden so still a long way to go
– Martin (@ martin87137369) January 20, 2021
The legendary Italian midfielder Pirlo, who was criticized in his first managerial position, said he felt “great joy” and described the Cup win as a coach as “different”.
“In my opinion [it is] Even better than as a player because I lead such a great squad and a historic club, “he purred.” It is wonderful.
“It’s rare for two teams to play well in a final. The most important thing is to win. If you play with this determination, luck may be on your side.
How anyone can put Messi above Cristiano is a mystery to me. Cristiano has proven itself worldwide at home and abroad. His record speaks for itself. Glob!
– Shammas Anwar (@shammas_anwar) January 20, 2021
After watching football for 30 years, I can’t imagine why anyone would think Ronaldo is a better footballer than Messi! The guy is great, of course. A great athlete, goalscorer and maybe the best ball movement I’ve seen … but Messi is just better overall!
– Laurie Newton (@ mrnice1892) January 21, 2021
Because getting the most goals doesn’t make you the best player. Being the greatest player does it. Which one is Messi
– Jammy Wise (@WiseJammy) January 20, 2021
“We wanted to prove that we are not the team that will be seen against Inter. So when you play with that strength, determination, and attitude, you are drawing luck your way.
“We have tried to play this flowing style of football since the beginning of the season, but unfortunately someone is missing every week, so it is difficult for us to keep the same line-up regularly.
“After the game the other day, we didn’t deserve that much criticism, considering what we’ve done this season. I’m glad they got that trophy tonight.”
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“[Scrutiny is] Part of the game. It’s easy to build people up and knock them down. However, I’m used to it as I’ve had ups and downs in a very long career.
“I know that I have a solid club behind me so that I can concentrate and continue my work.
“It is natural that if you come out of nowhere to lead Juventus there will be criticism, but the results will speak for me and the team.”
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