Miralem Pjanic's Comments On Cristiano Ronaldo And Free Kicks Have Prompted Reaction Aplenty
Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has made the interesting revelation that Cristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker for the Bianconeri.
Both he and teammate Paulo Dybala regularly produce from dead-ball situations but the Bosnian says the five-time Ballon d'Or will now get priority going forward.
"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."
Ronaldo memorably scored an incredible free-kick equaliser against Spain in Portugal's opening World Cup game but the consensus is that his success rate isn't very impressive these days.
And so fans have been a bit baffled by the fact that CR7, as good as he is, has gone straight to the top of the pecking order.
Imagine having Pjanic on your team and letting this animal take free kicks pic.twitter.com/ZUjCJwv8SS- Para (@Paracelsus) August 25, 2018
How does CR take free-kicks ahead of Pjanić on the same team? In 2018? lmao- Josip :reminder_ribbon:️ (@jperkovic93) August 25, 2018
When they ask me who I think should take all the free kicks.. Ronaldo, Pjanic or Dybala? pic.twitter.com/w0oWqTaBam- MaksJuventino (@MaksJuventino) August 28, 2018
Pjanic is way better than Ronaldo at freekicks. In the last 125 free kicks by Ronaldo he only scored 7 Gaols. Dyabal 8/38, Pjanic 11/76.- Mohammed KHALLAF (@mohad23) August 28, 2018
Imagine having PJANIC AND DYBALA, who've combined for 10+ free kick goals in the last 3 years, and give them to Cristiano to smash them against the wall.- G. González (@jerryglzh) August 28, 2018
Ronaldo has attempted 14 shots in two games for his new club but is still yet to get off the mark competitively. He will hoping to break the duck in Juve's next game, against Parma on Saturday.