Cristiano Ronaldo has made everyone forget about his slow start to life at Juventus.
The Portuguese superstar failed to score in his first three matches for the Old Lady.
But the goals are coming thick and fast now, with Ronaldo adding a brace in Juve’s 2-1 win against Empoli on Saturday.
After impressing against Manchester United in the Champions League, Max Allegri’s side looked laboured in the first half of their return to Serie A action.
They fell a goal behind through Francesco Caputo’s left-footed effort in the 28th minute.
The partnership of Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi just wasn’t firing, but the 33-year-old decided to turn it on in the second half.
Ronaldo scored twice, including a rocket from 25 yards out, to extend Juve’s unbeaten start to the season.
Ronaldo scores a beauty
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner equalised from the penalty spot in the 54th minute but he wasn’t done there.
With 20 minutes remaining, he collected the ball in space, advanced forward and then sent a rasping effort into the top corner.
It was something special.
What a hit. It’s certainly the best goal of Ronaldo’s brief Juventus career.
That’s now seven goals in the league for the former Manchester United star, and four goals in his past four matches in all competitions.
Real Madrid must be hurting with each passing game.
Los Blancos have struggled in Ronaldo’s absence, with nobody in Julen Lopetegui’s squad able to put up the numbers that the Portugal international produced in Spain.
But Toni Kroos doesn’t want to talk about Ronaldo.
"We can't be talking about someone who isn't here,” the midfielder said this week in response to concerns that Ronaldo is missed at the Bernabeu.
"I miss [Gareth] Bale and [Dani] Carvajal when they are not with us. There are plenty of solutions to score goals.
"We can't be crying over someone who didn't want to be here."
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