Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to score a free-kick for Juventus in 28 attempts

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There’s no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players in the history of football.

700 goals, five Ballon d’Ors, league titles in England, Spain and Italy, five Champions League trophies and two major international wins.

We could continue.

The Portuguese superstar can do pretty much everything.

He can score all types of goal from 30-yard screamers with his weak foot to towering headers inside the penalty area. He’s not bad from the penalty spot, either.

However, there’s one aspect of Ronaldo’s game that still needs improving at the age of 34 - his free-kick taking ability.

Ronaldo may have scored 54 free-kicks during his career but his recent record at Juventus is pretty shocking.


In fact, he still hasn’t scored a free-kick for the Italian club in his 28 attempts.

He scored from a set-piece in the International Champions Cup against Inter in the summer but, let’s be honest, that doesn’t count.

Instead, it’s 28 attempts with no success in Juve colours after his two failed attempts against Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday.


Nineteen of them have hit the wall - including his last nine!

What was it that Albert Einstein once said?

‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.’

Perhaps it’s time for Ronaldo to step aside and give Miralem Pjanic a chance.

Pjanic has actually scored the seventh most freekicks in the history of the Serie A with 15.

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