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Cristiano Ronaldo Used A Different Technique For His Latest Free-Kick Goal

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Cristiano Ronaldo Used A Different Technique For His Latest Free-Kick Goal

Cristiano Ronaldo switched up his free-kick technique to end an exceptionally long set-piece drought at club level.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner put the ball into the top corner in the 4-1 Turin derby yesterday after going two years and 42 attempts without finding the net from a free-kick.

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On first view it looked like Ronaldo scored the stunner using the knuckleball technique that that was incredibly successful for him back in the day, but a closer look and you see the Portuguese superstar struck the ball very differently.

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There was still the usual stance before approached the ball, but plenty of fans noticed that Ronaldo hit it with his in-step and there was minimal spin and movement on the ball.

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Instead of the serious power and dip, it was all about the controlled accuracy that beat Salvatore Sirigu in the Torino goal as the Italian struggled to get anywhere near it.

It was very similar to the stunning equalising free-kick he curled in past David De Gea at the 2018 World Cup, with the same technique bringing the same result.

Image: PA
Image: PA
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Juventus will be losing dead-ball expert Miralem Pjanic to Barcelona in summer and though Paulo Dybala is also pretty handy, Ronaldo should have plenty of opportunities to show why just why he's scored 55 free-kicks - which is more than any other player still playing.

Topics: Football News, Football, Free-kick, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo

Josh Lawless
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