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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

How many shots Lionel Messi must miss to equal Cristiano Ronaldo's conversion rate

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Zinedine Zidane was once again peppered with questions about Cristiano Ronaldo's struggles in front of goal following Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Las Palmas.

Ronaldo bagged a lovely assist for Isco's tap-in on Sunday, but it was Marco Asensio and Casemiro who grabbed the other two goals.

It means the Portuguese has now gone three La Liga games without finding the back of the net and has only scored once all season.

It's not without trying that Ronaldo has one goal, of course, and he was desperately unlucky against Las Palmas when his curled strike clipped the outside of the post.

Zidane admitted in his post-match press conference that he doesn't know how many goals Ronaldo has but insisted they will come.

"We're talking of [Karim] Benzema and Cristiano and it's true, I don't know how many goals they have," said the Frenchman.

"They are the first to be unhappy, but the important thing is the work, what they do. We have to have peace of mind with that.

"You (the media) always think of negative things and I think positive. Cristiano has given the pass for the goal (Isco) and I can tell you that he is very pleased with it.

"He is happy to give a goal and it was a beautiful goal. We know that he likes to score and he is happiest when scoring.

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"But we believe that he will make a difference. He is not doing it now by scoring in the league, but he is in the Champions League and he also does other things."

The pressure is ramping up on Ronaldo to start delivering in La Liga as his rival, Lionel Messi, moves further and further away in the top goalscoring charts.

Messi leads the way in Spain on 12 goals and now a pretty startling stat has emerged about the Argentine and Ronaldo.

Having scored 12 league goals from 69 attempts this season, Messi has a conversion rate of 17.39%, whereas Ronaldo has scored once from 48 (2.08%).

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Ronaldo has the worst conversion rate in Europe's top five leagues and, quite incredibly, it would require Messi to miss his next 507 shots in La Liga to equal that. Five-hundred-and-seven.

Messi's current conversation rate: (12 / 69) x 100 = 17.39%

Ronaldo's current conversation rate: (1 / 48) x 100 = 2.08%

What Messi needs to equal Ronaldo's conversion rate: (12 / 576) x 100 = 2.08%

Unreal. Ronaldo is hot favourite to land his fifth Ballon d'Or in December, but at this rate Messi will be back above him on six next year.

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Topics:
Real Madrid
La Liga
UEFA Champions League
Football
Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo

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