When he netted Juventus’ third goal in a 3-0 victory against Spezia on Tuesday, Ronaldo became the first player to score at least 20 goals over each of the last 12 consecutive seasons across more than one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi has scored 19 league goals so far this season and is on the brink of passing the 20-goal mark for the 13th consecutive season with Barcelona.
Alvaro Morata and Federico Chiesa scored Juventus’ first two goals before Ronaldo, who had hit the post in the first half, finished off a counterattack in the game’s final minutes.
The result leaves Juventus third in Italy’s Serie A, seven points behind league leader Inter Milan.
“We tried to manage the game and also created some chances in the first half. In the second half, thanks to some fresh faces, we were able to be more threatening and change the contest, with the wingers and midfielders making good runs into the box.”
Ronaldo has now scored 20 goals in 21 league games this season and remains the top scorer in Serie A, two ahead of Inter’s Romelu Lukaku.