The Juventus top scorer silenced his naysayers in some style
The last couple of days were hardly the most conducive for Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus. Dropping a stinker against Porto, Ronaldo was berated and slandered by a string of Juventus supporters with many blaming the Portuguese for the side’s debacle.
It was the second time in a row Juventus had ended up crashing out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage itself. And Ronaldo’s listless performance against Porto didn’t go unnoticed as his haywire showing failed to inspire his side past the finishing line.
Many had questioned the player’s influence on the pitch with people claiming age had finally caught up with the player. Also, with news stemming in from Juventus of the club disinterested in extending Ronaldo’s contract, talk of the player leaving the club imminently was rife.
Ronaldo Rips Cagliari Into Shreds
However, amongst all the bruhaha he and Juventus were embroiled in, Ronaldo silenced his criticism with aplomb. Up against Cagliari in the Serie A on Sunday, Ronaldo ended up scoring his 57th career hattrick.
The three strikes which included a goal off his right and left foot and a header all came inside the first half. It was a truly wordclass performance from him, one which took his tally to a mammoth 30 goals in 33 matches for the club this season.
FIRST HALF HAT TRICK FROM CRISTIANO RONALDO 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/wCBQ3UyNt8
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 14, 2021
The hattrick saw Juventus all but ascertain themselves of the three points and saw them move into second spot in the league in the wake of their third successive win. While the club is still seven points behind league leaders Inter Milan, the win sees Juventus continue to remain in the hunt for the title.
Ronaldo Issues Strong Worded Statement
Ronaldo had prior to his first half hattrick issued a rally cry on Instagram.
“More important than the number of falls you take in life, is how fast and how strong you get back on your feet,” Ronaldo had written on the platform.
Ronaldo wrapped up his scintillating hattrick with a stunning header, one which was his 134th goal off his head in his illustrious career.