Cristiano Ronaldo Hasn't Scored A Free-Kick In 28 Attempts For Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo became Juventus' first-choice free-kick taker as soon as he made the move to Turin but the Portuguese superstar's record from set-pieces is utterly dreadful.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner may have scored with a fine effort for Portugal as they went on to win the UEFA Nations League, as well as a set-piece strike in a friendly against Inter, but after two misses against Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday Ronaldo has now failed to score from 28 free-kicks he has taken in competitive fixtures for Juve.
All of the failed attempts can be found in one clip here:
Seven have been saved by the goalkeeper while two have missed the target completely. What's more, a staggering 19 have failed to beat the wall - with Ronaldo now experiencing the same result during his last nine efforts.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man has scored 33 goals in 53 games since making the £99 million switch to Serie A but he's lost his magic when it comes to free-kicks.
55 of his 701 career goals have come directly from dead-balls, including 13 in six years at Manchester United and 30 in his nine-year spell at Real Madrid, but at this point the 34-year old should probably be taking a backseat and allow Miralem Pjanic to do the honours.
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The Bosnian maestro's tally of 15 free-kicks means he's in seventh place on the Serie A set-piece scoring charts, behind Gianfranco Zola (20), Francesco Totti and Roberto Baggio (21), Alessandro Del Piero (22) and Andrea Pirlo and Sinisa Mihajlovic - who are both on 28.
Just over a year ago, Max Allegri revealed a change regarding dead-balls back in November - with Pjanic and Paulo Dybala promised extra responsibility.
"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."
It seems as though Ronaldo still rates his chances, however, as he continues to unsuccessfully try his luck from distance.
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