Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo has gone over two years without scoring a club free-kick


Juventus need to keep Cristiano Ronaldo away from their free-kicks. Seriously.

When we say he's inaccurate from them, we couldn't be understating it anymore and Maurizio Sarri needs to make sure Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala are ahead in the queue.

Sure, it's not as though Ronaldo is taking every single set piece for Juve, but when you consider he still hasn't converted one for the club, you wonder whether he should be taking any at all.

Once upon a time, Ronaldo was lethal from free-kicks and by that we mean his Manchester United days and first couple of seasons with Real Madrid.

But his record from a dead-ball went off a cliff during his final years at the Bernabeu; never scoring more than three during any of his last four campaigns.

Ronaldo's free-kick drought

That's despite averaging around six-a-season between 2007 and 2014.

However, things have gotten particularly bad recently and we can confirm that - per data from Transfermarkt - Ronaldo has gone two whole years without scoring a free-kick in club football.

It's been well publicised that he hasn't scored one for Juventus and you have to rewind as far back as December 16, 2017, to unearth his final conversion for Los Blancos.


Over two years without scoring

And no, scoring one that was heavily deflected against Inter Milan in pre-season doesn't count... nor does one that Aaron Ramsey smashed in from a yard after a goalkeeping mistake.

In that time, Ronaldo has scored two for Portugal - against Spain and Switzerland respectively - but he hasn't been able to transfer that proficiency to his day-to-day career.

To put the drought into perspective, it's a whopping 748 days, 17,952 hours, 1,077,120 minutes and the equivalent of almost 12,000 football matches without stoppage time.


GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Get back to the training pitch, Cristiano.

Considering Ronaldo is one of the hardest-working athletes we've ever seen, it seems strange that he hasn't identified this trend in his free-kick taking and sought to tighten things up.

The fact of the matter is that his formerly revered knuckle-ball technique is nowhere near as efficient as it used to be and it's no coincidence that fewer and fewer players are deploying it.

You're simply better off going for accuracy and placement, just look at Lionel Messi. 

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The Barcelona superstar has scored 18 free-kicks in the club game during the period Ronaldo has converted absolutely none.

You would think that a massive 18-0 disparity would be enough to encourage change, but maybe you can't teach an old dog new tricks, after all.

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