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How did Cristiano Ronaldo keep going from breaking one goalscoring record to another without burning out? Why the sudden transformation of Hakan Calhanoglu from underperforming talent into a clutch player? What is driving Spain and Napoli new hope-bearer Fabian Ruiz’s meteoric rise? The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 Serie A Matchday 8 team of the week.

4-4-2 | Jesse Joronen (8.66, Brescia vs Fiorentina); Paolo Farago (8.15, Cagliari vs SPAL 2013), Gianluca Mancini (8.00, Sampdoria vs AS Roma), William Troost-Ekong (7.56, Udinese vs Torino), Riccardo Gagliolo (8.03, Parma vs Genoa); Dejan Kulusevski (9.53, Parma vs Genoa), Luca Cigarini (8.26, Cagliari vs SPAL 2013), Fabian Ruiz (8.20, Napoli vs Hellas Verona), Hakan Calhanoglu (9.46, AC Milan vs Lecce); Andreas Cornelius (10.00, Parma vs Genoa), Cristiano Ronaldo (8.61, Juventus vs Bologna)

JESSE JORONEN

@brescia_calcio

Player rating: 8.66
Team score: Brescia 0–0 Fiorentina
Individual highlights: 4 total saves

PAOLO FARAGO

@CagliariCalcio

Player rating: 8.15
Team score: Cagliari 2–0 SPAL
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 clearances

GIANLUCA MANCINI

@ASRomaEN

Player rating: 8.00
Team score: Sampdoria 0–0 Roma
Individual highlights: 8 clearances, 5 interceptions

WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG

@wtroostekong

Player rating: 7.56
Team score: Udinese 1–0 Torino
Individual highlights: 3 tackles, 5 clearances

RICCARDO GAGLIOLO

@riccardogagliolo

Player rating: 8.03
Team score: Parma 5–1 Genoa
Individual highlights: 10 clearances, 3 shots

DEJAN KULUSEVSKI

foxsports.it

Player rating: 9.53
Team score: Parma 5–1 Genoa
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 2 assists

LUCA CIGARINI

@biasocceragency

Player rating: 8.26
Team score: Cagliari 2–0 SPAL
Individual highlights: 6 tackles, 3 dribbles

FABIAN RUIZ

@mundodeportivo

Player rating: 8.20
Team score: Napoli 2–0 Verona
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 4 aerials won

"

I was 12 years old when Spain won Euro 2008. Euro, World Cup, that generation won it all.

But we now have a new generation coming through like the one you saw at this summer's Under-21 Euro. We can win major international trophies again."

– Fabian Ruiz on wanting to reinstate Spain's international success which is also his childhood memory

HAKAN CALHANOGLU

tio.ch

Player rating: 9.46
Team score: Milan 2–2 Lecce
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

Becoming a father has changed everything for me.

I can now understand what my parents used to tell me, that it's the most beautiful thing in the world. It's true. Now I do everything for my family and my little girl.

– Hakan Calhanoglu on his new found focus and motivation

Lucas Biglia assist Hakan Calhanoglu goal, AC Milan vs Lecce, Serie A 2019/2020
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Hakan Calhanoglu assist Krzysztof Piatek goal, AC Milan vs Lecce, Serie A 2019/2020
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ANDREAS CORNELIUS

foxsports.it

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Parma 5–1 Genoa
Individual highlights: 3 goals, 10 aerials won

CRISTIANO RONALDO

@cristiano

Player rating: 8.61
Team score: Juventus 2–1 Bologna
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 key passes

"

To score goals, to arrive at home and see my kids happy, and they say, 'Congratulations daddy for scoring!'

This makes me happy. This is my motivation."

– Cristiano Ronaldo on the secret sauce fuelling his goalscoring obsession

Cristiano Ronaldo goal, Juventus vs Bologna, Serie A 2019/2020
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