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Sarri Explains Ronaldo Substitution After Stunning Goal

After Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo brought up his third consecutive league goal with a stunning strike from range against Genoa on Tuesday night, manager Maurizio Sarri explained why he took the five-time Ballon d'Or winner off soon afterwards.

Click through the gallery above to see some images of Ronaldo in action on Tuesday, including his celebration!

The 35-year-old has played a lot of football since the sport resumed in Italy last month, and after two difficult performances in the second leg of the Bianconeri's Coppa Italia semi-final and then final, which Juve lost, he appears to be have found form.

In the Turin club's 3-1 away victory over Genoa on Tuesday, Ronaldo rolled back the years when he found the back of the net with a brilliant effort from range in the 56th minutes, and was replaced by his manager 18 minutes later.

Speaking after the game, Sarri explained that he believes the ex-Real Madrid man is back to his best, but felt he had to substitute him due to the amount of game time he has had since June.

"In the first half he went for the shot five times, so it means he was doing more than he should," the Italian tactician said, according to Black & White & Read All Over.

"Cristiano often plays to free himself to finish, but when he decides to move the ball quickly, he is the best of them all.

"Honestly, I was going to replace Dybala, then I chose Ronaldo, who has played many minutes.

"We discussed it over the last days, he knew that he would go off at 3-0 and he did it with serenity."

Sarri also praised the developing partnership between the Portugal superstar and Argentine attacker Paulo Dybala.

"Something has changed in terms of movements, but they have learned to look for each other more often," he added.

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"They have realised that by benefitting from each other, both reap the rewards. It's something I have noticed in training too."

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