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Why the Mirror gave Cristiano Ronaldo a 4/10 rating for Girona performance

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Last week, ahead of the Best FIFA Football Awards, Zinedine Zidane hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the "best player of his generation by far".

Real Madrid's manager has previously avoided comparing his star player to Lionel Messi, but on this occasion he was in no doubt.

Ronaldo went on to be named Best FIFA Men's Player, but there's a growing sense that he won't be able to defend his title if he doesn't start scoring in La Liga.

Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Girona was the Portuguese's sixth league game this season and he once again failed to find the back of the net.

One goal from 40 attempts in La Liga means Ronaldo has a conversion rate of just 2.5%, which is embarrassingly the lowest of every player in Europe's top five leagues.

Of course, the goals will eventually come, but even Zidane will be mildly concerned about Ronaldo's goalscoring form despite saying there's no need to worry.

"There's no need to worry if Cristiano does not score, the important thing is that he has chances," Zidane told reporters, per Goal. "The goals will come back little by little.

"Cristiano is the best player of his generation by far. He makes the differences in key matches and he deserves all the prizes he has won."

Ronaldo had another stinker against Girona, with his only decent shot on target resulting in Isco's 12th-minute opener.

He also had a golden opportunity to equalise in the second half when Toni Kroos' free-kick found him in the 18-yard box, but his header was straight at the goalkeeper.

The Mirror gave Ronaldo a 4/10 for his display and mocked the fact he's supposedly the best in the world, saying: "Still just one goal in La Liga this season for "The Best" in the world."

A highlights reel of Ronaldo vs Girona has now emerged and it's easy to see why the Mirror gave him such a low match rating.

Despite being Real's best goalscorer, Ronaldo spent a lot of the game out wide, overhitting crosses for his teammates and squandering chances he would usually score.

Simply put, nothing was working for the 32-year-old. Check it out.

RONALDO'S HIGHLIGHTS VS GIRONA

No wonder he was given 4/10. Ronaldo made all the right runs into the right positions, but his finishing seriously let him down.

Zidane claims there's nothing to worry about, but one goal from 40 shots in six games suggests otherwise.

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