Despite starting on the backfoot having conceded a goal before the half hour mark, Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo banged in a brace on Saturday to earn Juventus another away win and maintain their unbeaten start to the season in the Serie A.

Ronaldo fired Juventus seven points clear in Serie A with a match-winning brace in a hard-earned 2-1 victory at Empoli on Saturday.

The Portugal superstar erased a first-half deficit from the spot shortly after the interval before a thunderous swerving drive 20 minutes from time ensured there was no repeat of last weekend’s frustrating home draw with Genoa.

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Juve lost Giorgio Chiellini to injury in the warm-up and had looked set to leave the door open for Napoli to move back within a win of joint top spot when Francesco Caputo put the struggling hosts ahead in a tense first half.

But the champions’ increasingly impressive talisman backed up his fine Champions League showing against Manchester United with a one-man rescue act that boosted his league tally to seven goals.

Ronaldo is now the second highest scorer in the Serie A and it would be suicidal betting against him finishing at the top striker in his first season in Italy.

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