Cristiano Ronaldo inspires Juventus to Serie A title after 2-0 win vs Sampdoria


Juventus have won their ninth consecutive Serie A title after beating Sampdoria 2-0.

And, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo played a major role in helping the Old Lady over the line.

After a tense first-half which was perhaps understandable considering Juventus’ recent form, it was Ronaldo who put his side within touching distance of the title.

A cleverly worked free-kick saw Miralem Pjanic square the ball to a completely unmarked Ronaldo, who made no mistake.

Then midway through the second half, the title was theirs.

Ronaldo cut in from the left and fired and fierce bouncing shot that Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero could only parry into the path of Federico Bernardeschi.

With just a few minutes remaining, Ronaldo had the opportunity to grab his second goal of the game and Juve's third but he smashed a penalty against the crossbar.

The Old Lady have stuttered over the line, in truth.

Before the game against Sampdoria, Juve had only won one of their previous five matches.

They lost 4-2 to AC Milan after being 2-0 up, before a 2-2 draw with Atalanta and a 3-3 draw against Sassuolo - a match where they would have sealed the title with a win.

They beat Lazio to set up another potential title-winning match against Udinese - but they lost that 2-1.


Immobile takes control of Golden Boot race

It wasn't the perfect night for Ronaldo, though. Not only did he miss a penalty but he suffered a big blow in the Golden Boo race.

Earlier in the day, Ciro Immobile took control of the Golden Boot race with Ronaldo as he bagged a hat-trick in Lazio’s 5-1 victory over Verona.

That left the Italian on an incredible 34 goals.


Ronaldo's seventh league title

Ronaldo has now won seven league titles in three different countries.

He helped United to three Premier Leagues in England, before conquering Spain twice with Real Madrid. He’s now won two consecutive Series A crowns in his two seasons in Turin.

His - and his side's - attention will now turn to the Champions League. They need to overturn a 1-0 defeat to Lyon in the first leg of their last-16 tie before they can even think about winning the competition.

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