Age is just a number – as Cristiano Ronaldo continues to prove to everyone.
The Juventus forward, who recently turned 36, overtook Romelu Lukaku in the Serie A goal standings with two more on Monday night as Andrea Pirlo’s men beat Crotone 3-0.
Incredibly, it’s the 14th consecutive season Ronaldo has reached 25 goals, while he’s also now scored against every team in Serie A since making the move to Italy in 2018.
It took just 38 minutes for Ronaldo to open the scoring as he headed the reigning champions in front.
And Ronaldo was at it again in first-half injury time to double his team’s lead with another header.
The Portuguese star did, however, miss a golden opportunity to complete his hat-trick after the interval with the goal at his mercy.
Weston McKennie added a third goal for Juve from close range after the hour mark when Crotone failed to clear a corner.
Ronaldo’s double saw him overtake Lukaku (17) with 18 league goals this season, while Zlatan Ibrahmovic is joint third on 14 along with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.
Juve face a huge challenge to defend their title, and currently lie eight points behind the leaders Inter – although they do have a game in hand.
RONALDO’S INCREDIBLE GOAL HAUL SINCE 2007
Lukaku, meanwhile, continues to show Manchester United what they are missing with his excellent form for Antonio Conte’s side.
The 27-year-old is part of the Premier League’s 100 club, thanks largely to successful spells at West Brom and Everton, but United – as well we as Chelsea – might be questioning whether they ought to have been more patient with him.
“I think it all starts with Antonio Conte, a coach that has never been easy on him, but believes in him and has absolutely loved him since day one,” journalist Andy Brassell told talkSPORT.
“He moved heaven and earth to get him to come to Inter and I think that made a huge difference straight away – because a lot of the football Inter play under Conte is reactive football.
“What that means for Lukaku is he has to do a lot of stuff that he’s not that keen on. Sometimes he has to play with his back to goal, sometimes he has to run the channels…
“But I think he gets enough of what he wants as well – running onto the ball, using that pace, using his strength, which is something else.
“We know he’s changed his diet, he’s not spending so much time in the gym, so he’s more explosive pace-wise.
“I think the love that he gets from Conte is so important and it’s really given him a platform to work.
“You have to look at the partnership with Lautaro Martinez, which is absolutely fantastic, they create for each other.
“He’s encouraged Lukaku to widen his pallet and he always shows up for these big games now.”