Why Cristiano Ronaldo Will Never Swap Shirts With Any Roma Player
Cristiano Ronaldo is well known for taking his top off during matches but he won't be doing next time Juventus play Roma, or any time they do.
The five time Ballon d'Or winner has a long rooted dislike of the Giallorossi that's lasted since he played for Manchester United.
United faced Roma in the Champions League in 2007 with the English side winning the second leg of their quarter final 7-1, going through 8-3 on aggregate, and Ronaldo's experience clearly put him off the Italian side.
"When it was 6-0, they asked me to stop, an opponent begged me to stop dribbling," he claimed in December 2018.
"Others threatened to hurt me.
"Roma? There is no player with whom I would exchange a shirt."
Last season the 35-year-old was short of his usual goal tally notching up 'just' 21 league goals in 31 appearances, in his first year in Italy.
But this season he is back to a near goal to game ratio, having enjoyed more than that in his nine years playing for Real Madrid, and has scored 30 times in 31 games in Serie A.
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The Old Lady have had one of their more testing seasons during their eight year run of winning every league title but have managed to stay top throughout the campaign.
They have got a fight on their hands in the Champions League, after losing to Lyon in the first leg of their last 16 game against the French side.
Ronaldo, meanwhile,became the fastest player to score 50 goals in Serie A earlier this month.
He also became the only player ever to score 50 goals in the English Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A.
It only took 61 games for Ronaldo to get 50 goals in Serie A, beating out former AC Milan great Andriy Shevchenko by seven games.
:white_circle::black_circle: 1st @juventusfcen player since 1952 to score 30 goals in a @SerieA_EN season- FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) July 20, 2020
:zap: Fastest player to reach 50 Serie A goals since his 1985 birth (61 games)
:earth_africa: 1st man ever to net 50 goals in the English, Italian & Spanish top flights
:cloud_rain:️ Records keep falling for @Cristiano pic.twitter.com/0YVNj82zOp
Ronaldo also became the first player since 1952 to score 30 goals in the league for Juventus. His sights will now be on the Serie A record of 36 goals in a season, set by Gonzalo Higuain with Napoli in 2015-16.
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