Maurizio Sarri challenges Cristiano Ronaldo to break Gonzalo Higuain’s goalscoring record at Juventus

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New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has challenged Cristiano Ronaldo to break Gonzalo Higuain’s Serie A goalscoring record for a single season. Sarri signed a three-year deal with Juventus after his contract at Chelsea was terminated by mutual consent and the 60-year-old has a hard act to follow, taking over from Massimiliano Allegri in Turin. The Italian won the Europa League and led Chelsea to third-place finish in the Premier League last season and is hoping for further success with Juve next term. He is also looking forward to coaching Ronaldo, a player he feels is a level above the players he was working with at Stamford Bridge.

‘I’ve trained great players over the years, but with Ronaldo I move on to the next level, a player who is at the top of the world,’ Sarri said at his opening press conference as Juventus manager. ‘This is a lad with every record in world football and I’d like to help him set another, knowing I contributed to it.’

Sarri will talk to several Juventus players in the coming days
Sarri will talk to several Juventus players in the coming days

Sarri vowed to help Ronaldo smash Higuain’s Serie A goalscoring record (36) which the Argentinian set under his guidance at Napoli back in 2015/16. ‘I trained a player with the all-time Serie A record for goals in a single season,’ Sarri added. ‘I’d like to make that two. It’d be an enormous satisfaction.’


Sarri will meet with a select group of players in the coming days to discuss what he has planned at Juventus and reports claim Ronaldo will get a visit from his new manager on his Greek holiday. ‘We’ll talk about it this afternoon. I asked to talk to 2-3 players so we could share some ideas,’ he said. ‘Around 30 years ago, I believed I could impose my views on players, but now I realise it’s important to ask players how they view themselves and weave it all together. ‘I don’t know if I’ll visit Ronaldo in a few days or more, we haven’t organised anything.’

source: ghanaalert.com