With every passing week the €100 million Juventus paid for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer is looking like more and more of a bargain.
Juventus are flying high in Serie A having won 12 and drawn one of their opening 12 games.
Despite losing at home to Manchester United, they are also well on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
A lot of their early season success must go down to the transfer of Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar, despite being 33 years old, remains one of the best in the world.
Juventus won 2-0 at home to Spal on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the Serie A table to nine points.
And, of course, it was Ronaldo who got the opener.
Ronaldo diverted a Miralem Pjanic cross from the right wing with his left foot into the top corner, setting Juventus on their path to victory.
Watch the goal below:
And it turns out that goal cemented his name in the Juventus history books.
That goal was his 10th in 16 Juventus appearances and, it turns out he is now the fastest player in Juventus history to reach 10 goals in all competitions.
Incredible. Ronaldo just continues to smash record after record.
It’s no doubt that won’t be the last Juventus record that Ronaldo breaks in his stint with the Italian club.
It turns out that goal, his ninth in Serie A, also matched a 50-year-Juventus record.
According to Opta, the last Juventus player able to score nine goals in his first Serie A season after match day 13 was Pietro Anastasi in 1968/69.
Not bad, Cristiano.
Ronaldo has reportedly missed out on a top three berth in the Ballon d’Or and Juventus’ sporting director, Fabio Paratici, declared before the Spal victory that it was strange for the ‘greatest ever’ to miss out.
“Ronaldo out of the Ballon d’Or podium? Only a fool can doubt his qualities,” he said, per Calciomercato.
“I think he is the best player in the world and the most important in the history of football.
“At this moment I see him very serene, as he has always been here at Juve.
“The fact that he cannot win the Ballon d’Or seems very strange, since he scored 15 goals in one Champions League campaign.”