Cristiano Ronaldo's Free-Kick Record Exposed In Damning Study
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just TWO free-kicks since the 2016/17 season and boasts a modest 6 per cent conversion rate, per a new study.
Ronaldo's career average direct free-kick conversion rate is 6 per cent according to The Athletic who suggest this is the one area he's failed to improve as he gets older.
To put that in context, the rolling five-year Premier League average is 9.2 per cent.
What's more, Ronaldo has only converted two free-kicks from 68 attempts since 2016.
An extract from The Athletic's 'What kind of player is 2020 Cristiano Ronaldo' reads: "Combined, those two figures of attempts and goals paint a picture of a player who's always tried to score plenty of free kicks but has been so-so at converting them.
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"Overall, his conversion rate is six per cent but when you consider that the five-year Premier League average is 9.2 per cent, perhaps this is the one area of Ronaldo's game that he's failed to truly analyse and improve as he's got older: since 2016-17 he's scored just two goals from 68 attempts."
Ronaldo's uninspiring free-kick record hasn't stopped him from scoring goals, though.
But the study does show his free-kick game is on the decline as his conversion rate has dropped dramatically over the years.
The 35-year-old bagged 42 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid in the 2016/17 season and 44 goals the following campaign before securing a transfer to Juventus.
He chipped in with 27 goals in his debut season in Italy and netted 37 goals last season.
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