Cristiano Ronaldo has been the most wasteful Serie A striker this season

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Cristiano Ronaldo might have mixed feelings about his first season at Juventus.

On the one hand, it saw him become the first player to win league titles in England, Spain and Italy as well as securing Player of the Year awards in three of Europe's top five leagues.

However, on the other hand, Ronaldo missed out on the Champions League title that he so badly craved and failed to replicate the goal-scoring exploits we became accustomed to at Real Madrid.

Sure, we're holding Ronaldo against his own incredibly high standards, but the fact of that matter is that the man himself will certainly see room for improvement in Italy.

Ronaldo is on course to finish outside of the top three of the Serie A Golden Boot, a fate that hasn't befallen him in any league competition since his early days at Manchester United.

Mixed season for Ronaldo

Lionel Messi has taken his place as the seasonal top scorer in the Champions League and it would take a footballing miracle for him to win the European Golden Shoe.

If we look a little more specifically, this season has also seen Ronaldo lose his touch for free-kick and he's now approaching almost two years without scoring one for his club.

However, one of the statistics that will annoy Ronaldo the most, is the number of clear opportunities he's missed in Italy and it makes for poor reading compared to other strikers.


Most big chances missed

Ronaldo has actually featured in a wider role this season than his latter Real Madrid days, but he still managed to create get plenty of shots off at goal.

The downside to that, however, is that Ronaldo has been confirmed as the most wasteful player in Serie A this season - missing more 'big chances' than anybody else.

According to Opta, the Juventus forward missed 16 of the clearcut opportunities, more than Mauro Icardi and Ciro Immobile who followed shortly behind with 15 wayward strikes.

Check out the graphic down below:


Come on Cristiano, you're better than that.

In a season which has already seen him crowned Serie A's worst free-kick taker, it's another unflattering statistic for Ronaldo and one that emphasises the room for improvement.

It goes to show that, with some more clinical finishing under pressure, that Ronaldo could have been far closer to Fabio Quagliarella, Duvan Zapata and Krzysztof Piatek in the scoring charts.

The statistic might raise questions about the decision to award Ronaldo the MVP award, an accolade that many fans think should have been given to Quagliarella. 


However, out of all the strikers amassing enviable figures, there was only one who lifted the Serie A trophy when everything was said and done - his name being Ronaldo.

These statistics only receive so much attention because Ronaldo sets the bar so high, but we can definitely expect to see improvements from him at Juventus.

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