Once upon a time, Cristiano Ronaldo was regarded as one of the best free-kick takers in the world.
However, it seems as though the Portuguese superstar has well and truly lost his touch from dead-ball situations.
The Real Madrid forward took a number of free-kicks during Portugal’s first-half against Hungary and it’s fair to say they weren’t very good.
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The three-time Ballon d’Or winner took aim for distance on a few occasions and rarely forced Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly into a save while one of his efforts which, quite simply, atrocious.
His failed attempts now mean Ronaldo has gone 37 free-kicks without scoring in an international tournament. Quite an incredible statistic.
While Ronaldo is no doubt hating his lack of success from the dead ball, Twitter was absolutely loving it. Look at some of these tweets mocking the 31-year-old.
If Ronaldo saw some of these tweets, maybe, just maybe, he’d allow one of his teammates to have a go.
But if ever there was a time that Ronaldo needed to score from a free-kick, it’s now.
His Portuguese side are currently drawing 3-3 with Hungary at the time of writing which could see Ronaldo and co. crash out of the competition early.
While Ronaldo may not have scored a free-kick, he has scored twice in the second-half for his country.
It certainly has been a frustrating tournament for Ronaldo so far before this evening. He was unable to inspire his side to victory against minnows Iceland as they drew 1-1 with Ronaldo missing a few glorious opportunities.
After the match, Ronaldo’s anger was clear to see after his controversial comments blasting Iceland for having “a small mentality” and accusing them of “celebrating like they had won the European Championships.”
Things didn’t get much better for Ronaldo during the match against Austria. In fact, it got worse.
Again, he missed chances including hitting the post from a penalty with 10 minutes remaining as well as having a header (rightly) ruled out for half-time.
The pressure had obviously got to Ronaldo and he was seen bizarrely chucking a journalist’s microphone into a lake during an afternoon walk with his Portugal side.
But he was soon smiling after he scored a magnificent flick against Hungary in the second-half to make it 2-2.
After all the criticism though, cue Ronaldo scoring a belter of a free-kick in the second-half.