With his goal against Sassuolo on Sunday, Dusan Vlahovic scored his 33rd goal of the calendar year in Serie A, joining Cristiano Ronaldo.
Dusan Vlahovic is one of the revelations of the year 2021. At only 21 years old, the striker of the Fiorentina maddens the counters and capsizes the hearts of the biggest European clubs. The Serbian international (14 caps, 7 goals) made an exceptional first part of the season with 16 goals and 2 assists in 18 Serie A matches.
Sunday against Sassuolo (2-2), the number 9 of the Viola revived his team by allowing them to return to 2-1. This goal also allowed the Serbian to equal a certain Cristiano Ronaldo since it was his 33rd goal of the year 2021 in Serie A, which the five-time Ballon d’Or had done in 2020. Since 1961, the Portuguese was until then the only one to have achieved such a performance on a calendar year.
Dusan Vlahovic matched Cristiano Ronaldo’s record. Most Serie A goals in a calendar year since 1960. 33 goals. ⭐️🇷🇸 #Vlahovic
Fiorentina CEO Barone confirms: “Dusan and his agent have turned down our new contract proposal. We offered the best salary in Fiorentina history”. pic.twitter.com/aCF0DcOaNP
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 19, 2021
A statistic all the more impressive because he became the 5th highest scorer in the history of the Italian championship over one year (the record is held by Felice Borel with 41 goals in 1933). Vlahovic will even have the opportunity to join the podium against Hellas Verona this Wednesday. If he scores, he will overtake Ronaldo but also Omar Sivoli, who had also planted 33 times in 1961.
At only 21 years old, the young nugget already has its place in the history of the Serie A. said Joe Barone, CEO of the club. “Dusan and his agent declined our offer of an extension. We offered the biggest salary in club history ”, he lamented.