Cristiano Ronaldo has put his struggles on the pitch behind him with a relaxing yacht holiday with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.
Ronaldo converted a penalty as Serie A leaders Juve routed 10-man Lecce 4-0 in Turin on Friday – the defending champions opening a seven-point advantage over scudetto challengers Lazio.
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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner took his tally to 23 goals in Serie A this season, however Ronaldo has been in the headlines for his lack of form since the 2019-20 campaign restarted earlier this month following the COVID-19 crisis.
In an attempt to put the form worries behind him, Ronaldo has whisked Rodriguez away on a $27 million yacht.
Ronaldo and Rodriguez have both been posting happy snaps on social media as they attempt to drown out the criticism.
“The only thing I like more than you, is us,” Rodriguez captioned one photo of the happy couple.
Juventus coach dismisses concerns about Ronaldo
Head coach Maurizio Sarri played down Ronaldo’s form worries after their win over Lecce, saying he will improve the more he plays after the coronavirus-enforced break.
Asked about Ronaldo post-match, Sarri told reporters: “Cristiano now can play with a good fit. He needs to improve after the break and he is doing match after match.
“He needs to play a lot. In the future we will find the way to preserve him across matches or for some matches.
“He is great in listening to himself and he will realise when he will need to stop and rest. But now I think he fits quite well.”
Ronaldo set up two goals and converted a penalty to help Juventus beat 10-man Lecce and boost its chances of claiming a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title.
Juve overran Lecce following a goalless opening 45 minutes which saw Fabio Lucioni sent off, with Paulo Dybala, Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Matthijs de Ligt on target in the second half.
Ronaldo squandered several chances early as he sent an overhead kick past the left post and somehow headed over an empty goal from two yards out.
However, he set up Juve's opener eight minutes after the break as he cut the ball back to Paulo Dybala who curled into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.
Ronaldo then got on the scoresheet himself with his second penalty in as many matches after he was tripped by Luca Rossettini.
Ronaldo also set up Juve's third in the 83rd minute, back-heeling the ball for Gonzalo Higuain to score shortly after coming off the bench.