Ian Wright Points Out The 'Myth' In Cristiano Ronaldo's Overall Game

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Ian Wright labelled Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick ability as a "myth" during Portugal's defeat against Belgium on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Portugal captain has a relatively poor record from dead-ball situations at major tournaments. Since his European Championship debut in 2004, Ronaldo has failed to convert a single free-kick in 28 attempts.

In fact, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has netted just one goal - a terrific effort to complete his hat-trick against Spain - from 51 direct free-kicks at World Cups and Euros.

He has, of course, netted a number of memorable free-kick goals down the years, including strikes against Portsmouth, Arsenal and Celta Vigo, to name just a few.

But despite scoring 56 goals from set-pieces in his career, ITV pundit Ian Wright is far from convinced.

After Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made a comfortable save from a Ronaldo effort in the first half, the former Arsenal striker gave a damning assessment of his record.

"How many of those free-kicks does Ronaldo actually score?" Wright said.

"I read something that says he's got one in 50. It's kind of like a myth, that Ronaldo is on it, watch out everyone. Nothing happens."

Fellow pundit Patrick Vieira went on to praise Courtois' save from Ronaldo's free-kick but Wright wasn't having any of it.

"You expect him [Courtois] to make that kind of save," said the former France international. "If he concedes a goal in this way, he'd be disappointed with himself. But it was a good save by Courtois."

Wright then responded: "What, this free-kick? Courtois has enough time to see it. Plus it's Ronaldo he doesn't score many free-kicks."

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Plenty on social media reacted to Ronaldo's questionable free-kick record both during and after Portugal's Euro 2020 exit.

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Topics: Belgium, Football, Euro 2020, Ian Wright, UEFA, Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.
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