Cristiano Ronaldo has gone four seasons without winning a league Golden Boot

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It's sometimes easy to judge Cristiano Ronaldo by the incredibly high standards he sets himself.

The fact Ronaldo is one of the greatest players is universally acknowledged and it's for that very reason that the 34-year-old might have mixed feelings about his first season at Juventus.

At the end of the day, the Portuguese has become the first player to win a league title and Player of the Year award in English, Spanish and now Italian league football.

Nevertheless, for a player of such perfectionism, his slight decline in goal-scoring will no doubt irk him and the Juventus man will have been desperate to be named top-scorers.

Besides, this is a man with one of the greatest striking records in history and to 'only' finish fourth in the Serie A scoring charts is almost unheard of.

Quagliarella thrives in Serie A

The final round of leagues fixtures this weekend, in which Ronaldo wasn't a participant, confirmed what had been on the cards for a few weeks now.

Fabio Quagliarella was named the finest striker in Italian football this season, accumulating a superb tally of 26 goals and reaching the podium of the European Golden Shoe.

Duvan Zapata took the silver medal as Atalanta qualified for the Champions League, while Krzysztof Piatek wracked up 22 strikes across spells with Genoa and AC Milan.

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Ronaldo's tough league run

It's Ronaldo's first season in Italy, so is it really the end of the world? Absolutely not, but the result is starting to elongate an unfortunate trend for the Portuguese in league football.

The fact of the matter is that Ronaldo hasn't won as many league Golden Boots as you might expect and he has now gone four seasons without winning an equivalent award.

The then Real Madrid striker bagged the Pichichi Trophy during the 2014-15 season, but has come up short to Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and now Quagliarella ever since.

2015-16: Luis Suarez (40 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo (35 goals)

2016-17: Lionel Messi (35 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo (25 goals)

2017-18: Lionel Messi (37 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo (25 goals)

2018-19: Fabio Quagliarella (26 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo (21 goals)

It's safe to say that Ronaldo will be wanting to rectify the situation and this season has marked his lowest league goal-scoring tally since the year he left Manchester United.

Obviously, a lot of it can be put down to the fact Ronaldo is adjusting to a new style of football and fans will always make the point that Messi has spent all his club career at Barcelona.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, has been able to traverse Europe's top competitions and come out the other side with records in abundance. 


However, now with a year in Italy under his belt, he will want to fight back against a goal-scoring rivalry made all the more painful by the fact he was beaten by a striker older than him.

Quagliarella proved this season that Juventus' record signing isn't the only one who can perform at a world-class level in their thirties. It could be fascinating to watch next season.

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