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MILAN, May 24 – Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to finish the season on Sunday as the highest-scoring player in three major leagues: England, Spain and Italy.
The 36-year-old has scored 29 goals this season, five ahead of Belgian second-placed Romalo Lukaku for champions Inter Milan.
The Portuguese striker is the UK’s top scorer with Manchester United in 2008, and three times higher at Real Madrid, Spain, 2011, 2014 and 2015.
But for the first time in three seasons, the former Ballon d’Or winner five times scored more goals.
Ronaldo scored 21 goals in his first season since joining in 2018 and 31 seasons after conceding 36 goals behind Lazio Ciro Immobil.
In all competitions, he scored 101 goals for Juventus.
On Sunday, they beat Bologna 4-1 in their last league game, which led them to the top four next season and into the UEFA Champions League.
“It was a common choice and on Wednesday (the Coppa Italia I played in the final) Ronaldo was tired,” coach Andrea Pirlo said.
There has been much speculation about Ronaldo’s future if he fails to reach the Champions League for the first time since 2012, after nine years of league rule. – France Press agency