Lionel Messi achieved an utterly jaw-dropping milestone for Barcelona last night, but Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t want him to grab all the headlines after scoring an insane long-range strike.
The magical magician, Messi, netted his 700th career goal for club and country but it was not enough to give Barcelona victory with Atletico Madrid forcing a 2-2 draw in La Liga.
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The result at the Nou Camp dealt Barcelona's title hopes a major blow with a third draw in their past four league games leaving them one point behind leaders Real Madrid.
"It is too bad because we keep dropping points and getting further and further away from the title," Barcelona coach Quique Setien said.
"But we have to keep fighting."
But not to be outshone, Ronaldo responded to his critics for a slow start since the Serie A’s return.
Ronaldo long-range strike stuns fans
Ronaldo has taken the flack from critics since the Italian league returned from the coronavirus pandemic break.
Looking lacklustre and not quite as sharp as usual, fans were beginning to speculate.
But he proved any doubters wrong with a jaw-dropping bomb of a goal against Genoa.
Each Juventus goal was more spectacular than the other in a 3-1 Serie A win at relegation-threatened Genoa.
Chasing a record-extending ninth-straight Serie A title, the victory restored Juventus' four-point lead over Lazio, who won at Torino earlier on Tuesday.
Since losing the Italian Cup final to Napoli in a penalty shootout, Juventus have won all their league matches since the season restart with Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala both on target in all three.
Dybala opened the scoring against Genoa shortly after the break by evading three defenders before firing in a low shot that goalkeeper Mattia Perin, who is on loan from Juventus, could only get a weak hand on.
Seven minutes later it was Ronaldo's turn.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner gathered a pass near midfield, charged toward the goal and unleashed a blistering effort from outside the box that flew into the top corner of the goal.
It was Ronaldo's first goal in open play of the restart after converting penalties in his previous two matches - he now has scored 24 in 25 Serie A matches this season.
Not to be outdone, substitute Douglas Costa made it 3-0 by curling in a shot from beyond the area inside the far post as Genoa's defence looked on helplessly.