Cristiano Ronaldo is absent from Opta data's Serie A team of the season so far

Juventus v Frosinone Calcio - Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo wanted a new challenge after nine years with Real Madrid.

In signing for Juventus, he certainly entered new territory and has his plans set on winning the Champions League trophy with a third major European club.

It would be completely unfair to say that Ronaldo has in anyway struggled since moving to Serie A, currently topping the goalscoring charts and joining Suso at the top of assists charts.

Pretty impressive stuff but when you're Ronaldo - undisputedly one of the greatest players of all-time - you're always hungry for more and the Portuguese will certainly feel there's room for improvement.

The 34-year-old currently trails Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi for goals in Europe's top five leagues, something that will no doubt irk the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Ronaldo's strong start at Juve

And although winning the Serie A title in his first season looks a foregone conclusion, his hopes of continental success are hanging in the balance after a 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo was deemed by some Italian media outlets as the worst player on the team and will need to dig deep to turn things around at the Allianz Stadium.

And even statistics - something where Ronaldo seems to shine domestically - don't necessarily point towards him as the standout forward in Italian football this season.

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The statistical Serie A team of the season

It sounds pretty remarkable, but the most reputable provider of football statistics have published their Serie A team of the season so far and Ronaldo simply doesn't make the cut.

Opta published the starting XI on Twitter this week and the data preferred a front three including Alejandro Dario Gomez, Krzysztof Piatek and Stephan El Shaarawy.

It certainly raises a few eyebrows but when you consider Opta have more statistics at their disposal than any other provider, can we really argue with them?

Take a look at the full team down below: 

Sorry Cristiano, but you have some work to do.

It will definitely come as a surprise that only three Juventus players have made the cut - almost the same number as Napoli - despite holding a gargantuan 13-point lead.

Nevertheless, it seem as though the individual success of Piatek in particular is ensuring that Ronaldo has to settle for a place on the bench. 

Atalanta BC v AC Milan - Serie A

The AC Milan striker boasts an impressive tally of 18 goals and finds himself right behind Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot, although he doesn't have a single assist to his name.

And in spite of his slight disadvantage in terms of raw goalscoring, it seems as though his statistics elsewhere have done enough to displace arguably the greatest player in history.

Ronaldo is performing brilliantly for Juventus at the moment but just not brilliantly enough.

Do you think Ronaldo deserves to make the Serie A TOTY so far? Have your say in the comments section below.

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