Cristiano Ronaldo can prevent Champions League catastrophe for Juventus against Bologna

With their chance of Champions League football hanging in the balance, Juventus’ Portuguese talisman must continue his sensational spree of scoring - in what could be his final stand in Italy.

After a turbulent time in Turin, Juventus fans were finally given something to smile about this week when I Bianconeri defeated the ten men of Atalanta in the Coppa Italia final to secure their fourteenth trophy.

Andrea Pirlo's side took the lead after half-an-hour through Dejan Kulusevski, but the Swede's curled effort was soon cancelled out by La Dea, before Federico Chiesa got the all important winner at the Mappei Stadium.

Team accolades aside, the victory set an unprecedented personal record for Cristiano Ronaldo, who has now won everything there is to win in the three countries he has spent most of his playing career in.

Away from the adulation of individual and collective honours, once the honeymoon period inevitably wears off at the Allianz Stadium, Pirlo and his side will soon be reacquainted with the disheartening prospect of missing out on Champions League football this season.

The Old Lady currently reside in 5th place in the Serie A standings, one point behind Napoli in the fourth and final European place, and will face a tense battle on the final day to prevent being left out of the competition for the first time in a decade.

Should results swing in their favour to see Napoli being vanquished by Verona, standing in Juventus' way are an erratic Bologna side, who sit in 11th place having gone six games without a win.

If it does all end in tears come Sunday night, not only will Juventus have lost elite football, but maybe also their star player.

Tip of the fixture

In a do or die game for I Bianconeri, they will need nothing but the best from their revered number seven, and with the Golden Boot firmly secured, it would be foolish to discount him adding to his impressive tally.

Ronaldo to score first and Juventus to win is 2.2/1 on Paddy Power.

(Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change).

Stat attack

Ronaldo boasts a 100% win record against Bologna, emerging victorious in the five Serie A games and single Coppa Italia fixture he has played against them.

Juventus have scored two goals in five out of the six games he's featured in, barring a 1-0 away league win in the 2018/19 season.

Registering two goals and two assists against I Rossoblu, the Portugese forward averages a goal contribution every 1.6 games against the club.

All of Ronaldo's contributions have come within the opening half-hour of a game, so expect to see lots of early involvement from the attacker.

The Old Lady have scored an impressive 11 goals in the games CR7 has featured in, conceding only twice, an honourable record for the Turin outfit.

Memorable matches

Juventus 2-1 Bologna

Serie A

October 19, 2019

Receiving a commemorative shirt before the game to mark his tally of 700 career goals, Ronaldo scored his 701st against Bologna, after just 19 minutes.

Having won the ball from a wayward Ladislav Krejci touch, he surged into the box, fooling the defence with a quick stepover before beating the keeper at his front post.

Miralem Pjanic grabbed the second on the 54th minute mark, to seal a 2-1 victory for Juventus and extend their lead at the top of the Serie A.

Bologna 0-2 Juventus

Serie A

June 22, 2020

Inspiring yet another victory in last season's title-winning campaign, Ronaldo grabbed the opener in a comfortable 2-0 victory at the Renato Dall'Ara stadium.

Juventus were awarded a penalty midway through the first half after Matthijs De Ligt was brought down in the area.

As cool as ever, the number seven made no mistake in converting, hammering the ball into the bottom right corner.

The first-half spotkick crowned Ronaldo the highest scoring Portugese player in Serie A history with his 43rd goal, taking him ahead of Rui Costa.

Juventus 2-0 Bologna

Serie A

September 26, 2018

Despite missing out on a goal, Ronaldo was able to mark his influence in another victory for the Old Lady, providing an assist for Blaise Matuidi.

He found the Frenchman with a pacy ball to the back post, who finished in style to double their lead.

Another trademark display from the Portugese star and Paulo Dybala ensured the Turin giants maintained their unbeaten domestic run.