Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, has been named Juventus Most Valuable Player of the 2019/2020 season. This comes after losing the Serie A MVP to fellow teammate Paulo Dybala, failing to make it double after winning it in his opening season in Italy.
Ronaldo had ended the 2019-20 season with 37 goals, and as a result, he broke the record for registering the most goals in a single season. This record had stood for 80 years.
The record had been held for more than 80 years by club legend Felice Borel, who in 1933-34 scored 36 across Serie Aand the defunct Mitropa Cup. The Portuguese striker had broken this record in the side’s Champions League round-of-16 second-leg match against Lyon.
“It was a very long season, with a championship that lasted almost 11 months. An unexpected stop halted things, but when things started up again we won… again. Among all these ingredients, there is one element that has been a constant: Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals,” Juventus said in an official statement.
Ronaldo had finished the 2019-20 Serie A season with 31 goals to his kitty.
Juventus on Saturday had appointed Andrea Pirlo as the new head coach of the side. This came hours after the sacking of Maurizio Sarri as the coach. He was ousted as the coach after Juventus was knocked out of the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the fastest player to score 50 goals in the Serie A (61 appearances). The Portugal ace went on an 11-game scoring streak earlier this season, with that purple patch matching Serie A royalty in Fabio Quagliarella (2018/19) and Gabriel Batistuta (1994/95). In those 11 games, Ronaldo netted 16 goals but fired a blank at the end of February against Inter.