Cristiano Ronaldo did his best to take the spotlight, scoring his 600th club goals in Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Inter Milan.
The Portuguese responded with a powerful finish in the second half to make it 20 league goals for the season. Juventus were sluggish for most of the first half, but eventually leveled through Ronaldo, after a stiff defence from their opponent.
The goal moved Ronaldo within two strikes of Serie A’s leading scorer, Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria, in the process. Inter remain in third place on 62 points, four ahead of AS Roma who are below them.
Juventus, who dropped points for just the sixth time in 34 games this season, moved up to 88 points.This fixture, known as the “Derby d’Italia’’, is one of the country’s fiercest rivalries.
The former Real Madrid man, though, exited the Champions League quarter-finals with defeat to Ajax – the first time he hasn’t reached the final since 2015.
It was the 600th goal of the 34-year-old’s club career, with 450 having come at Real Madrid, 118 at Manchester United, 27 at Juventus and five at Sporting Lisbon.
The Portugal international is narrowly ahead of Lionel Messi, who scored his 598th goal for FC Barcelona on Saturday.
Although Messi netted a 34th La Liga effort this season, it was Ronaldo who came out with the personal record. Messi handed Barcelona yet another La Liga with a win over Levante – but his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo did his best to steal the limelight, scoring his 600th club goal in Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Inter Milan.
The argument of who is better out of the two superstars has raged on for years – with both incredibly close in scoring records as well as trophies won.
Ronaldo has won five Champions Leagues as a player while Messi has won four. They have five Ballon d’Ors each, however, something which Messi could win again if he continues his form into next season.
Ronaldo managed to win a third league title in three different countries two weeks ago when Juventus secured an eighth straight Scudetto.
Messi, on the other hand, now has 10 La Liga titles to his name, beating Ronaldo’s ex-side Real Madrid for a second straight season. The 31-year-old can still make it to 600 goals for his Barcelona career – and has six fixtures left this season to do so.