​Maurizio Sarri has hailed Cristino Ronaldo after his brace saw ​Juventus clinch an important 2-1 ​Serie A home win against Parma. The former ​Real Madrid man scored in either half to give Juventus a much-needed victory that allowed them to capitalise on title rivals ​Inter's failure to beat Lecce earlier in the day.

The 34-year-old’s deflected shot opened the scoring in the first half, but Juve were pegged back after the break when Andreas Cornelius headed in from a corner.

Ronaldo restored the home side’s advantage just three minutes later with a low strike that took his tally for the season to 16 league goals, 11 of which have come in his last seven appearances.

Sarri is happy to take the rough with the smooth when it comes to his star man, though, who claimed new records in the process of scoring his brace. 

"We have a champion who sometimes creates a problem for you but solves 100 of them," he told ​Sky Sport Italia. "The rest of the team has to revolve around him. Ronaldo knows how to train, how to win and he can teach us."

Juventus now have 51 points, followed by Inter on 47 and Lazio 45, but the Biancocelesti have a game in hand and are currently on a run of 11 consecutive Serie A victories. Juventus next host Roma in their Coppa Italia quarter-final on Wednesday before facing struggling ​Napoli in the league on Sunday.