Pele lauds Cristiano Ronaldo

Serie A

Brazil legend Pele has lauded Cristiano Ronaldo's athleticism and dedication following the Portugal superstar's Serie A triumph with Juventus. 

The Bianconeri were crowned Serie A champions for a ninth consecutive season on Sunday after a Ronaldo-inspired performance earned the club a 2-0 win over Sampdoria.

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Following the encounter, in which the Portugal international scored his 31st goal for the league campaign, legendary Brazil forward Pele took to social media to praise him and his teammates for their success.

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"Cristiano is the modern athlete, who shows everyone that success always comes to those who are dedicated and love what they do," Pele wrote on his official Instagram account, while tagging Ronaldo's page.

"Also, I would like to congratulate my fellow Brazilians Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro and Danilo. Great work winning the Serie A title, Juventus."

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There are two matches remaining for the Serie A campaign, and Ronaldo and Juventus will also be in action again next month when they meet Olympique Lyon for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.

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