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Cristiano Ronaldo broke Juventus record during Champions League defeat

Cristiano Ronaldo broke a Juventus record which had stood for over 80 years during last night’s Champions League clash against Lyon.

The Portuguese superstar scored twice, bringing his tally for the campaign in all competitions to 37, surpassing the total Felice Borel managed in 1933-34 when he amassed 36 goals across Serie A and the Mitropa Cup.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg played way back in March, Juve’s task was rendered even tougher when Memphis Depay cheekily clipped home an early penalty.

Ronaldo hauled his side back into the contest with a spot kick of his own just before the interval and set up a grandstand finish when he blasted home a trademark goal on the hour mark.

Lyon held firm, however, and booked their place in the last eight where they will face Manchester City, conquerors of Ronaldo’s former side Real Madrid.

The defeat throws manager Maurizio Sarri’s future into further doubt with Juventus looking at the likes of Zinedine Zidane to replace the former Chelsea boss who has failed to convince during his first season in charge.

Speaking last night, Sarri said: ‘My words were not difficult to interpret. I don’t think directors of a top level will make a decision based on one match.

‘They are going to evaluate the whole season.

‘I find this kind of question offensive, but not towards me, it’s offensive towards the directors. I have a contract, I’ll respect it and I don’t expect anything.’

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