Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo says he is pleased Juventus kicked off the new year on a winning note, following their comfortable 4-0 home win against Cagliari in the Serie A on Monday.
After a goalless first half, Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 49th minute and made it 2-0 in the 67th minute from the penalty spot.
Gonzalo Higuian added the third goal on 81 minutes before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick just a minute later after Higuian’s goal.
It was Ronaldo’s first Serie A hat-trick since joining Juventus from Real Madrid last season.
And reacting to his hat-trick and Juventus’ win, the Portuguese skipper said he is pleased the pressure is now on Inter Milan, who will be guests to Napoli later on Monday.
“The year has started very well. The most important thing despite the hat-trick is that the team wins, ” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.
“We played well and created a lot of chances. I am pleased with the hat-trick, but the most important thing was to win and put pressure on Inter.
“The team is getting better, not just in defence but in all areas. We must improve in all aspects, not just one. We are a complete squad and have to work together in every move.”
On whether he will watch Inter’s game against Napoli, Ronaldo added: “I don’t know, but obviously I hope Inter lose, because that would help us.
“In any case, we’ve done what we needed to do and can only wait now.”Copyright © 2021 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.