Team of the Week

Serie A Team of the Week: Record-breaking Ronaldo scores again

Juventus defeated Sassuolo 3-1 at the weekend, with the Portuguese superstar scoring the third and final goal late on

11:06am on Tuesday 12th January 2021
Martin Macdonald

Depending on what historical statistics you check, Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the record for the most goals scored by an individual of all time at the weekend after he helped himself to a goal against Sassuolo.

It was the 759th goal of his career, which reportedly equals the record held by Josef Bican - that is if you don't count a selection of reserve and lower league goals by Bican which nobody is.

Romario and Pele would, naturally, dispute Ronaldo's accomplishment also.

Nonetheless, CR7's performance was enough for him to earn a place in FootballCritic's Serie A Team of the Week, with him scoring a 8.2 FC Rating.

The star performer overall of the weekend, however, was Atalanta's Josip Ilicic (10) who scored a perfect 10 FC Rating for his outing against Benevento, scoring a goal and recording an assist.

He also sent more passes into the final third than anyone else in this round of games with 39, and won more duels than anyone else with 14.

In behind the forward is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (8.8). He set-up a goal in Lazio's win at Parma and also had the second-best tally of the weekend for the amount of touches with 107.

Aaron Ramsey (8.3) came off the bench to score what proved to be the decisive goal of the game for Juve to make it 2-1, even though Ronaldo would grab the headlines with the third not long after.

Marcelo Brozovic (7.9) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (8.0) make up the three-man midfield alongside Ramsey, with the latter scoring for Napoli.

Federico Dimarco (8.9) was superb for Hellas Verona, scoring against Crotone. He also send a ridiculous 16 successful crosses into the box for his team-mates.

To put that into perspective, the next highest tally for a player this weekend was nine.

Luiz Felipe (8.1) and Julian Chabot (7.9) are in the centre of the defence, with Danilo (7.9) in at right-back after his goal and assist for Juve.

In goal is Napoli's Alex Meret (8.3), who made seven saves as Napoli narrowly defeated Udinese 2-1 away.


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