Cristiano Ronaldo is still waiting to score his first free-kick for Juventus.
Since calling time on his remarkable spell with Real Madrid, the 34-year-old has made a lasting impression on Italian football but hasn’t been able to produce a trademark set-piece goal.
Ronaldo is well known for calling upon his famed ‘knuckle-ball’ technique and scored some memorable goals with that very style at Manchester United and later with Los Blancos.
However, it seems as though Ronaldo has lost his touch in recent years and his stunning strike against Spain at the World Cup is the last free-kick he’s converted.
His record looks even more dire when you rule out strikes with Portugal and you have to rewind to the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup final for his last free-kick goal in club football.
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Ronaldo’s free-kick record
It’s pretty staggering when you consider Ronaldo has scored over 50 free-kicks throughout his career and continues to assume responsibility at the Allianz Stadium.
Bearing in mind Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic boast some of the best conversion rates on the continent, it’s certainly controversial that Ronaldo has been taking so many.
It was even revealed earlier this year that Ronaldo actually had the worst free-kick record in Serie A and the updated statistics for Europe’s top four leagues certainly aren’t flattering.
16 free-kicks without a goal
For a little bit of context, that’s the second-longest run of free-kicks without converting one from every player in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga.
If it’s any consolation for Ronaldo, he no longer has the worst stats in Italy with Frosinone’s Camillo Ciano proving the most inaccurate.
Take a look at the full list down below:
Oh dear, Cristiano.
Across 26 league appearances for the Old Lady, Ronaldo hasn’t been able to score from 16 attempts and that’s potentially at the expense of his more consistent teammates.
In terms of the Premier League, there aren’t too many set-piece takers who are struggling, although the trio of Christian Eriksen, David Luiz and Junior Stanislas are all on nine.
David Alaba is on the worst run of form in the Bundesliga, while Oscar Rodriguez assumes the title of La Liga’s least accurate free-kick taker this season.
It will come as little surprise that Lionel Messi stands at the other end of the spectrum, having remarkable wracked up six goals directly from free-kicks.
We all know Ronaldo’s quality from a dead ball and he has scored too many screamers to count across his career but there’s something about Serie A that simply isn’t gelling.
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