Sunday January 19 2020
Ronaldo: 'Parma tough to beat'

Cristiano Ronaldo admits Parma “are very organised and tough to beat,” but relished his brace to send Juventus clear at the top.

The Portugal international has now scored in each of his last seven Serie A appearances for a total 11 goals during that period, adding a brace this evening.

“It was important that we win. We knew Inter drew and Lazio won, so it was important to build an advantage. It was tough, Parma are very organised and difficult to beat, but we fought hard and got the victory,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia after a 2-1 win.

“Parma were pushing forward in the final stages, getting bodies into the box and we were struggling to clear our lines for a while. It can happen, we got a little tense, but the important thing is that we picked up the points.”

It took him up to 432 goals in Europe’s top five leagues, which for a few minutes was equal to Lionel Messi’s career tally, until La Pulga scored a late Barcelona winner.

Above all, the result takes Juve four points clear of Inter at the top of the table.

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