Sports Desk – Juventus have won a ninth consecutive Serie A title following their 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 31st goal of the season in waning seconds of the first half at Juventus Stadium, with Federico Bernardeschi sealing the match with an excellent effort in the 67th minute. It was Juventus’s 36th Italian league title overall.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo’s 10 goals after the lockdown are more than any other player has scored in Europe’s top five leagues, with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski each scoring nine.
The Second-place Inter Milan can only get to 82 points, one fewer than Juventus’s current tally of 83. Atalanta, which has significantly outscored Juventus and has a far greater goal differential, and Lazio, the league’s other two 2020-2021 Champions League entrants, can only get to 81.
“He has this incredible ability to recover,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said. “I think it’s just in his DNA, his ability to project himself on to the next goal, every time. His mental and physical recovery rate is definitely unique.”
“We might have some moments in a game where we don’t cover the penalty area to perfection, but everything is compensated by their individual strength,” Sarri said. “We’re talking about two players who combined to score 41 goals this season. That’s a world-class level.”
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci admitted that it had not been easy to adapt to the tactics of Sarri.
“This season was the most beautiful and difficult title of all,” said Bonucci, who has been present for eight of the nine last seasons.