Juventus hit-man Cristiano Ronaldo breaks the club scoring record for most goals in a single season with his double goals against Lyon in the Friday’s Uefa Champions League defeat. The goals marked the Portuguese’s 37th goals across all competition this season which surpasses a mark set in Turin more than 80 years ago.
The Old Ladys needed a positive result to make it to the last eight of the UCL, having gone down 1-0 in the last-16 first leg, which took place in February.
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a pair of goals in the night to reach 37 goals on the season, it wasn’t enough for the Bianconeri to advance to the next stage, as they failed on away goals in a 2-2 aggregate result.
Early in the Friday night’s game, it was Lyon who took the lead after Memphis Depay converted in Style from the spot to open the scoring following Rodrigo Bentancur’s foul in the box.
Juventus pulled level at the end of the first period through Ronaldo, who converted emphatically from the spot after referee Felix Zwayer spotted a handball from Memphis Depay and awarded a penalty.
The penalty goal was Cristiano’s 36th goal of the season for Juve in all competitions, with 31 of those coming in Serie A, three in the Champions League and two in the side’s Coppa Italia campaign.
Juve’s goal-getter, Cristiano Ronaldo, would net again in the 60th minute, taking his goal tally of the season to 37 in all competitions. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner picked up the ball on the edge of the box and lashed a shot from distance past goalkeeper, Lopes, who could only get a touch on the ball as it went inside the goal.
Ronaldo’s second of the enough, although wasn’t enough to keep his team alive in the Champions League football for this campaign but was enough to write him into the club’s history books as their all-time highest scorer over a single season with 37 goals.
Meanwhile, the record had stood for more than 80 years, since 1933-34 season when club legend Felice Borel scored 36 times across Serie A and the defunct Mitropa Cup, leading the Bianconeri to the Scudetto in the process.
The goals on Friday night means that Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored against the French club representing three different sides, a feat previously managed only by Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Jorg Butt against Bayern Munich and Juventus respectively.