Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged by colossal Colombia hitman with 16 goals in his last 10 fixtures


Duvan Zapata, the striker making Europe stand up and take notice, failed to make Colombia's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad and was part of a largely unnoticed loan move from Napoli to Atalanta in the off-season.

While he's always been tipped as a promising talent since arriving in Italy with Napoli as a 21-year-old in 2013, he was yet to replicate the sort of form that saw him tipped to replace Edinson Cavani in Naples that season.

His slow but steady progression during loan spells at Udinese for two seasons and Sampdoria failed to convince Carlo Ancelotti to hand him a place in the club's squad and it appeared to be the correct decision after a 10 game run without a single goal at the start of the 2018/19 campaign with his new side.

But since finding the net for the first time on November 11, the now 27-year-old has been in rampant form with La Dea.

In his last 10 outings, the robust forward has netted a staggering 16 goals, including a brace in last night's 3-0 humbling of Italian top-flight champions Juve - who were at full strength - as he upstaged a furlong figure of five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I'm in a team that makes me score goals," he told state broadcaster RAI after Atlanta's 3-0 win on Wednesday when quizzed about his exploits.

"I try to be ready to make the most of my chances."

Overall, after netting in each of his last 10 games across all competitions, Zapata has scored 20 goals in 29 outings, while Ronaldo, within the same number of games, has netted 17.

However, with both in-form forwards with 15 league goals, trail Italy veteran Fabio Quagliarella on 16 for the season.