Cristiano Ronaldo Matches Incredible Juventus Record After Just 10 Games At The Club
It was initially a slow start for Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus to begin with but the five-time Ballon d'Or now sits on seven goals from his first 10 games - and has levelled a long-standing record in the process.
Legendary Welshman John Charles was the last man to achieve such a tally, scoring the same amount as Ronaldo 61 years ago when he joined from Leeds United.
Charles scored 28 goals in his debut season as Juve won the Scudetto and then went on to bag 108 goals in 155 matches across five years before heading back to Leeds for a second spell.
Ronaldo, Juventus' most expensive signing of all-time, has had a better start than some huge Bianconeri stars in years gone by, as per AS.
Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez and Filippo Inzaghi all notched six in their first ten, while Alessandro Del Piero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet averaged a goal every other game when they reached 10 appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo now has the best goal-scoring start for Juventus since the great John Charles 60 years ago. :boom: pic.twitter.com/5IWrbpYQT9
- Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) October 30, 2018
Juventus haven't had a striker start a season so well since John Charles in the 1950s.
Right at home, @Cristiano :white_circle::black_circle: pic.twitter.com/gZ3OHdnE7b
- ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) October 30, 2018
CR7, who also has four assists in his new colours, scored twice in Saturday's win over Empoli - with his second goal a stunning winner from outside of the box in the 70th minute.
It's his second of the night, and it's a belter. Ronaldo gives Juve the lead.
Empoli 1-2 Juventus pic.twitter.com/HkqgHzHTrc
- Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) October 27, 2018
Ronaldo, meanwhile, recently explained why he made the shock decision to leave Real Madrid after nine years of service.
It had nothing to do with Zinedine Zidane leaving following three successive Champions League wins, instead it was more about him feeling he wasn't 'numero uno' anymore.
"I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start," he told France Football, via the Guardian.
"In the first four or five years there, I had the feeling of being 'Cristiano Ronaldo'.
"Less afterwards. The president looked at me through eyes that didn't want to say the same thing, as if I was no longer indispensable to them, if you know what I mean.
"That's what made me think about leaving. Sometimes I'd look at the news, where they were saying I was asking to leave.
"There was a bit of that, but the truth is that I always had the impression that the president would not hold me back."