The striker scored a brace against Parma to match Omar Sivori, the last player in a calendar year in 1961 to score as many Serie A goals.
By bagging a brace in Juventus’ 4-0 victory over Parma, Cristiano Ronaldo became just the fourth player to score at least 33 Serie A goals in a calendar year.
In each half, the 35-year-old scored as Juve cruised to a win that put them level with Inter on points and one adrift of Milan’s leaders, both of whom played their game in hand on Sunday.
Ronaldo matched the 1961 goal haul of former Juventus forward Omar Sivori – the joint-third most in a single year behind Gunnar Nordahl (36 in 1950) and Felice Borel (41 in 1933).
As Juventus have one more league match to play in 2020 – a home game on Tuesday with Fiorentina – he may step further up the list.
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Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo praised his star striker after the match while also sharing his satisfaction with the entire effort of the squad.
From 174 shots, Ronaldo’s 33 goals came – at least 67 more than any other player – giving him a shot conversion rate of 27.73, compared to 28.26 for Ciro Immobile, who is the next highest scorer in Serie A with 26 for Lazio this year.
With his stronger right foot, the Portugal international scored 27, four on his left and two on his head.
Robert Lewandowski, voted Thursday’s Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, has 32 Bundesliga goals since January 1 for Bayern Munich, while Barcelona star Lionel Messi has just 18 in the same timeframe in La Liga.