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Cristiano Ronaldo has been in good form for Juventus..

Cristiano Ronaldo's Serie A start stands out when compared to the greatest foreign imports

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Cristiano Ronaldo bagged another two goals for Juventus on Saturday as they defeated Sampdoria 2-1.

It wasn't without controversy, however, after his second came from a very dubious penalty decision that looked even harsher after the referee consulted VAR and still gave it.

There was no doubting the quality of his first though, with Ronaldo taking just a couple of minutes to smash one into the far corner from outside the box.

The two goals helped Juventus achieve a Serie A record as they amassed the highest amount of points at the halfway stage of a season with 53.

Ronaldo broke a record on a personal level, too, as his first made the former Real Madrid man the highest scoring Portuguese player in a Serie A season - and he's only halfway through.

Juve's #7 now has 14 goals in his first 19 games in Serie A - not bad for a player moving to a new country at the age of 33.

But just how good is that record? Well, when you compare it to other modern greats, it's safe to say it stands out.

Serie A has boasted some of the greatest forward players of the last thirty years, having been Europe's elite league throughout the late 80's and 90's.

And despite the ludicrous amount of talent, Ronaldo's 14 goals at this stage is a better start than anyone.

Cristiano Ronaldo is off to a flying start in Serie A with Juventus.

Maro van Basten had managed just one goal by this point - purely down to injury problems - before going on to be one of the all-time greats of Serie A.

Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta would go on to top the Capocannoniere standings in later years but they each only had three goals by this stage.

Michel Platini actually finished as top scorer in his debut season but six months in he had just four goals.

Even at the top end, Andriy Shevchenko began with seven in his first nineteen, while Zico and the Brazilian Ronaldo come closest with nine.

Internazionale's Ronaldo comes closest to matching his namesake.

Football has changed since then, of course, and Serie A isn't quite what it once was, but there's no denying that Ronaldo is up there with the best.

He did fail to keep up with the all-time greatest, however - Gunnar Nordahl, AC Milan's greatest goalscorer and the best foreign player to feature in Serie A, managed 16 in his first 15 games back in the 50's.

Hopefully, Ronaldo can settle for simply having far and away the best start of any Serie A import in the last 30 years.

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