Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature in the club's next game in the Serie A against Brescia on Sunday, with the striker rested for the game by manager, Maurizio Sarri despite not having any injury or a physical problem.
The 35-year-old has been in brilliant form for the Bianconeri since the start of the calendar year, scoring in his last 11 games in all competitions, including a club record 11 successive Serie A matches.
Ronaldo is now looking to break Argentinian legend, Gabriel Batistuta's all-time record who scored in 11 consecutive matches at the beginning of the 1994-95 campaign for Fiorentina, which extends to 13 if the end of the previous season is included.
Cristiano Ronaldo reaches 20 league goals for the 11th season in a row! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/3ArkW19IdP— TeamCRonaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) February 15, 2020
The world record for Europe's top-five European leagues belongs to Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi who netted in 21 goals in 19 successive games in the La Liga back in 2012/13, a sequence interrupted by a hamstring injury.
That Sarri has decided to rest Ronaldo at this juncture comes as a surprise considering that they are not having the best of times on the pitch of late, having only won one game out of the last four games they have played in all competitions.
The Bianconeri are currently placed second in the league with 54 points from 23 games, behind rivals, Inter Milan who have the same number of points but have a better goal difference.