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Juventus Have Made An Interesting Decision On Cristiano Ronaldo And Free-Kicks

Juventus Have Made An Interesting Decision On Cristiano Ronaldo And Free-Kicks

Max Allegri has confirmed a change regarding the pecking order of Juventus free-kicks.

Though he scored a stunning set-piece in the World Cup for Portugal and he's notched some belters from range over the years, Cristiano Ronaldo only scored two free-kick goals for Real Madrid in his last three seasons as a Los Blancos player.

Still, CR7 was immediately instated as the Bianconeri's primary free-kick taker upon making the £99 million move to Turin, as per Miralem Pjanic.

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"Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world," he is quoted as saying by Di Marzio.

"At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be me or Dybala to take it. Now, it's 100% him. He is a tremendous free kick taker."

However, Allegri has now revealed that Ronaldo won't be taking all of the free-kicks from now on, with it all depending on the distance.

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"Ronaldo is a smart guy, he knows Pjanic and Dybala are excellent free-kick takers and they are going to take those close to the area," the Juventus boss said, as per Calciomercato.

"When there are free kicks from far away, Ronaldo can kick them but we've decided that Dybala and Pjanic will take the set pieces close to the area."

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Pjanic and Dybala are two of the very best set-piece specialists in world of football and the latter sent a hilarious text to his fellow free-kick king when Ronaldo signed.

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Image: PA

"When Ronaldo arrived, I wrote to Pjanić in our chat room: 'Sorry, Mire, but I think you won't be taking many free kicks this year," Dybala told La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia.

"All joking aside, we know how it works: on the left there's Cristiano, we just stand there to make a good photograph."

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Ronaldo, meanwhile, has scored seven goals in his first ten games at Juventus - matching the tally John Charles recorded 61 years ago when he joined from Leeds United.

Topics: Football News, Football, Paulo Dybala, Juventus, free-kicks, Cristiano Ronaldo, Miralem Pjanic

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