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Juventus certainly kept their European hopes alive with the 3-1 win against Sassuolo on Wednesday night as the soon-to-depart Gianluigi Buffon saved a crucial first-half penalty at the Città del Tricolore.
Gigi Buffon saves Berardi's penalty! :hand_splayed:- Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV) May 12, 2021
The legendary goalkeeper's time at Juve may be coming to a close, but he's still making a major impact in a big game for the Bianconeri :black_circle::white_circle: pic.twitter.com/t166tPNIuD
That man Ronaldo also became the first player to ever score 100 club goals in three different countries when he converted to make it 2-0, just minutes before the half-time whistle.
Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 100th goal for Juventus! :raised_hands:- Premier Sports :tv: (@PremierSportsTV) May 12, 2021
A comfortable and much-needed two goal cushion for Pirlo's side going in to half time :clap: pic.twitter.com/SGUdip8Pfw
:flag_black: 118 goals for @ManUtd
:flag_es: 450 goals for @realmadrid
:flag_it: 100 goals for @juventusfc
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first player in history to score 100+ club goals in three countries. He's also netted 103 times for Portugal. Is @Cristiano human? pic.twitter.com/muMNge4qnM
- FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) May 12, 2021
The game certainly provided some entertaining moments but for many neutrals watching at home, it was a moment involving the five-time Ballon d'Or winner that gave them more joy than anything.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man rolled back the years with a rapid double-stepover before rattling the post.
You can watch that exact moment below. Chiricheș folds over like a chair after Ronaldo left him bamboozled. Classic.
One aspect of Cristiano Ronaldo's game that has changed over the years are his skills.
He rarely attempts a stepover or a fancy flick anymore, like he did so often at Manchester United, but it's always great to see him roll back the years with a trick or two.
During his time at Real Madrid, in an interview with YouTube freestyler Touzani, the Portugal international explained why he doesn't perform as many skills as he used to.
"In a game, the most important thing is to win, and goals helps to win. You can mix - first goals, and after tricks and assists after. What the people want is goals, so I try to score goals.
"I still do it (skills), not the same as at Manchester, but I still do it. Now I prefer goals, being focused more on goals. Skills come third."
It's a perfect example of how Ronaldo has matured his overall game, but when he dusts off the odd stepover every now and again, it is always great to see.
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