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Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for Juventus is just a goal, nothing else | Paolo Bandini

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The Ronaldo case is bringing out the worst aspects of football’s tribalism, with reactions driven by club loyalties over any consideration of the human beings involved

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal on Saturday. Not one that is likely to be remembered, among the almost 700 he has scored in his career, though the technique was exemplary. Running on to a Mario Mandzukic pass that was moving across his body 12 yards from goal, the Portuguese took the shot on first-time – drilling it into the bottom corner with his notionally weaker left foot.

That strike sealed a 2-0 win over Udinese, and marked another dominant performance from a player who looks ever more comfortable in a Juventus shirt. Ronaldo dovetailed superbly with Mandzukic, clung to the touchline when his manager asked him to and tormented defenders with his stepovers.

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ICYMI: Insigne's gorgeous curler into the top corner pic.twitter.com/k58tdi0ev2

Torino 3-2 Frosinone, Empoli 0-2 Roma, Udinese 0-2 Juventus, Cagliari 2-0 Bologna, Spal 1-2 Internazionale, Napoli 2-0 Sassuolo, Lazio 1-0 Fiorentina, Atalanta 0-1 Sampdoria, Milan 3-1 Chievo, Genoa 1-3 Parma

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