Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick, his first with Juventus Turin

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These are the kinds of statistics he wanted to get rid of. Two years after arriving at Juventus Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored his first direct free kick goal in the colors of the Old Lady on Saturday. An achievement celebrated with rage and celebrated as it should be by its partners.

The Portuguese star, mocked for his propensity to spoil his attempts on a set kick, scored his team’s third goal in a large derby victory against Torino on Saturday (4-1). Cristiano Ronaldo subtly deceived the opposing goalkeeper, former PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, just after the hour (3-1, 61st).

With this achievement, the former Real Madrid striker scored his 25th goal in 26 league games. The 35-year-old is dusting off a 1961 old record by becoming the first Juve player to wait for that total in a Serie A season in almost 60 years.

With this victory, the Turin club provisionally takes seven points ahead of Lazio Rome, second. The latter hosts AC Milan in the evening. A crucial duel in the fight for the Scudetto, won continuously by Juventus since 2012.

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