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Cristiano Ronaldo produced two moments of brilliance for Juventus v Valencia

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Another game, another Cristiano Ronaldo record.

The 33-year-old helped Juventus seal a 1-0 victory over Valencia on Tuesday evening and, in the process, became the first player to reach 100 wins in the Champions League.

Ronaldo loves the Champions League - no player has scored more goals in Europe’s premier club competition - and will do his utmost to ensure he lifts the European Cup with his third different club at the end of this season.

The Portuguese superstar failed to get on the scoresheet against Valencia, but he did produce a wonderful assist for the only goal of the game, scored on the hour-mark by Mario Mandzukic.

That was one of two world-class moments Ronaldo produced over the course of the 90 minutes - and you can watch them both below.

Assist for Mandzukic

After picking the ball up inside the penalty area, Ronaldo stood up Gabriel Paulista before bamboozling him with a lightning-quick step-over.

This gave him the half-a-yard he required to lash the ball straight into the path of Mandzukic, who was left with a simple tap-in from close range.

Brilliant stuff from the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Magnificent control

Mandzukic should have made it 2-0 later in the second half following another excellent display of skill from Ronaldo.

The ball was fizzed into the Juventus number seven at an awkward height, but he somehow managed to kill it with an exquisite touch off his chest.

Then, without the ball dropping to the floor, he kicked the ball back to Mandzukic, who really should have done better from 12 yards.

Had Mandzukic scored, it would have gone down as one of the assists of the season from Juve’s star summer signing.

Following Tuesday’s match, Ronaldo has been directly involved in 16 Juventus goals in 17 appearances since joining the Turin outfit in the summer.

He became the quickest player in history to score 10 goals for Juventus by netting against SPAL over the weekend.

Juventus v SPAL - Serie A

And he now has six assists to his name following his pass to Mandzukic on Tuesday night.

That £100 million Juventus paid Real Madrid in the summer is already looking like money very well spent.

Topics:
UEFA Champions League
Football
Mario Mandzukic
Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo

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