Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has outlined Cristiano Ronaldo 's relief after the talisman finally netted a free kick for the club following almost two years of trying.
The 35-year-old was on target from the set piece as the Serie A giants brushed aside Torino on Saturday to further tighten their grip on top spot.
Ronaldo has unsurprisingly led the way for Juventus this season, having either scored or assisted in each of the last 16 games, and stepped forward once again to devastating effect.


Cristiano Ronaldo finally netted a free kick for Juventus against Torino after two years of trying


Maurizio Sarri outlined the star's relief after another crucial victory for his title challengers

His only experience of netting from a dead-ball situation outside the penalty area for Juventus had come in pre-season against Inter Milan, and the superstar's frustration at his failure to score with a trademark blistering effort has been evident.

The Portugal international infamously also used to score free kicks regularly for both Manchester United and Real Madrid - but has been forced to wait before finally hitting the back of the net with the Old Lady.

And after 43 failed attempts across all competitions, Sarri has admitted Ronaldo was pleased.

He said: 'I honestly didn't think this was bothering him, but at the end of the game he said: "At last!"'


Ronaldo used to score from set pieces at his previous clubs but was forced to wait at Juventus

Ronaldo himself also confessed the stunning effort helped take the pressure off his shoulders, having taken the majority of Juventus' free kicks since signing.

'I needed to score from a free kick to get my confidence back,' he said.

The goal also meant that Ronaldo shattered yet another record, after it made him the first Juventus player to net 25 times in a Serie A campaign in 59 years.

Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado had given Juventus a comfortable two-goal advantage at the Allianz Stadium, but Andrea Belotti halved the deficit for Torino just minutes before half-time.


The Portugal international curled home the free kick to restore Juventus' two-goal advantage

But Ronaldo put an end to any lingering nerves after curling the free kick over the wall and into the top corner.

An unfortunate own goal from Torino defender Koffi Djidji rounded off the scoring on a successful evening for the hosts, which was celebrated in style by Gianluigi Buffon after he set a new all-time Serie A record with his 648th appearance.

'We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game, but we went in front early and doubled our lead soon after,' Sarri added.

'Perhaps that lulled us into a false sense of security, so Torino's penalty made us lose control of the match. We were a bit chaotic at the start of the second half, but when fatigue set it, that's when our quality emerged.'


Juventus' win was capped off by Gianluigi Buffon making a record 648th Serie A appearance

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