- Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net three times in Juventus’ Serie A clash with Cagliari
- He performed below expectation as they were dumped out of the Champions League earlier in the week
- Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has stated that the club enjoys the striker
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has stated that having a superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo is something to cherish, adding that it is a privilege.
Ronaldo shrugged-off a bad performance in the Champions League earlier in the week to score a 32-minute hat-trick in the Serie A against Cagliari as they keep their league title hopes alive.
The Portuguese striker was heavily criticised over the two legs against FC Porto with many accusing him of betraying his team-mates when it mattered most.
He neither recorded nor assisted any goal in the two-legged affair which saw the Serie A giants crash out of the championship early.
Confusion set in as regards his future as some believe he may be kicked out of the Turin club despite having one more year on his contract.
The club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici has insisted that Ronaldo being on the Serie A champions' books is something to cherish. He told Sky Sport Italia via Marca.
"I grew up in a small town and this kind of talk was common in the bar and parish about (Gianni) Rivera, (Roberto) Baggio, (Michel) Platini.
"He (Ronaldo) scored 41 goals in 38 games in 2020. He's the top scorer in Serie A and has won five Ballons d'Or.
"It's a privilege for us to have Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. We enjoy having him. Is he part of our future? He certainly represents it."
And three-time World Cup winner Pele has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo for breaking his goal record after scoring a hat-trick in Juventus' 3-1 win against Cagliari at the Sardegna Arena.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward made it three for the visitors just two minutes after the half-hour mark and stats reveal that was his 57th career hat-trick.
Pele, who had earlier contested Ronaldo's goal record has now expressed his admiration for the forward after increasing his tally to 770 for clubs and country.
Legit.ng earlier reported that multiple Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have failed to make the top 3 candidates shortlisted for the prestigious award for 2021.
Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are the three frontrunners for the prestigious prize year.
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the awards for more than a decade with the duo splitting between themselves 11 awards as the Argentine won it six times while his Portuguese counterpart has scooped it five times.
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