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- Cristiano Ronaldo is now the first Juventus player since Omar Sivori (1960/61) to reach 25 Serie A goals and only the sixth-ever in the club's history

- No player has played more matches than Gianluigi Buffon as he made his 648th Serie A appearance against Torino to break Paolo Maldini's record

- At 35 and 42 years respectively, both Ronaldo and Buffon are showing no signs of slowing down, despite them growing older

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning free-kick against Torino made him the first Juventus player to score 25 goals in a Serie A season since 1961.

The 35-year-old scored his first-ever free-kick for Juventus as they kept up their title charge with a 4-1 win over Torino on Saturday, July 4.

Paulo Dybala opened the scoring for Juventus with a left footed shot from the centre of the box in the 4th minute.

It was 2-0 on the half-hour mark when Juan Cuadrado's rifled a left-footer into bottom left corner after being assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Andrea Beloti scored a penalty for Torino to give them a lifeline just before the half-time break.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a trademark free-kick in the 61st minute to make it goal number 25 in the Serie A then an own-goal from Koffi Djidji completed the rout.

Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, and Gianluigi Buffon, 42, make history in Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, and Gianluigi Buffon, 42, make history in Serie A. Photo: Getty Images
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Ronaldo first successful free-kick after 42 failed attempts saw him equal Omar Sivori's tally of 25 goals in a single season for Juventus.

Sivori was the last player to do so for the club in the 1960/61 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, and Gianluigi Buffon, 42, make history in Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, and Gianluigi Buffon, 42, make history in Serie A. Photo: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

At the other end of the pitch, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon achieved a Serie A landmark.

The legendary goalkeeper now tops the most appearances list in Serie A as he played his 648th game in the Italian top flight.

The 42-year-old, who made his Serie A debut for Parma as a 17-year-old in November 1995, overtook the record previously held by AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini which stood since 2009.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he really needed to score a free-kick after 42 failed attempts for Juventus.

The 35-year-old scored his first free-kick for Juventus after several failed attempts as he beat Torino’s goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to put Juve 3-1 up in the Turin derby.

The game which eventually ended 4-1 also saw Ronaldo become the first Juventus player in nearly 60 years to score atleast 25 goals in Serie A.

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