Cristiano Ronaldo's brace vs Sampdoria helps Juventus set new Serie A record

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Sampdoria

Juventus go into the new year as the overwhelming favourites to claim their eighth straight Serie A crown.

The Bianconeri opened up a 12-point lead over Napoli with a hard-earned 2-1 victory against high-flying Sampdoria.

Juve certainly didn't have it all there own way in Turin, but a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo either side of Fabio Quagliarella's penalty sealed the three points.

The €100m summer signing now has 13 goals to his name in the league, just one behind Lionel Messi, who has 14 in La Liga already.

Ronaldo's goals secured him another personal milestone, becoming the highest scoring Portuguese player in a single Serie A season, eclipsing Rui Barrios.

However, it was the record set by Juventus as a team that will really catch the eye.

Max Allegri's side have now amassed 53 points after 19 rounds of fixtures, the first time that has ever been done in the history of Italian football.

They have dropped just four points all season and are yet to lose a domestic game.

If they maintain their form for the entirety of the season, they would finish on 106 points.

Ronaldo in action

Juve currently hold the record for most points recorded in a single Serie A season, amassing 102 in the 2013/14 season under Antoino Conte, where they won 33 out of their 38 games.

The Bianconeri also went unbeaten for an entire season back in 2011/12 under Conte.

Can Allegri beat both those records in the space of one campaign? They could be on course to do so with Ronaldo as their focal point.

Juve's next two Serie A games see them take on struggling outfits Bologna and Chievo Verona, before a tough away trip to Lazio on January 27.

Allegri and Ronaldo

The Bianconeri's main aim for the season will be to finally end their Champions League hoodoo, but a tough tie against Atletico Madrid could lead to them having to focus on domestic honours.

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