The one Cristiano Ronaldo we know is not the same Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. The Portuguese striker is known for his world-class standard and is often a close competitor of Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.
His first season has arguably been disastrous even though he is the first player to win league titles in England, Spain, and Italy as well as securing Player of the Year award in all the three countries.
Ronaldo is not close to being ranked with Messi in terms of goal scoring and chances creation.
Ronaldo missed out on the Champions League title that he so badly craved and failed to replicate the goal-scoring exploits we became accustomed to at Real Madrid.
Sure, we’re holding Ronaldo against his own incredibly high standards, but the fact of that matter is that the man himself will certainly see room for improvement in Italy.
Ronaldo is on course to finish outside of the top three of the Serie A Golden Boot, a fate that hasn’t befallen him in any league competition since his early days at Manchester United.
Lionel Messi has taken his place as the seasonal top scorer in the Champions League and it would take a footballing miracle for him to win the European Golden Shoe.
Comparison — Messi and Cristiano this season.
Lionel Messi: 48 goals, 19 assists, directly involved in 67 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo: 28 goals, 10 assists, directly involved in 38 goals pic.twitter.com/eTRCcwqnI6
— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) May 18, 2019
If we look a little more specifically, this season has also seen Ronaldo lose his touch for free-kick and he’s now approaching almost two years without scoring one for his club.
However, one of the statistics that will annoy Ronaldo the most is the number of clear opportunities he’s missed in Italy and it makes for poor reading compared to other strikers.
Ronaldo has actually featured in a wider role this season than his latter Real Madrid days, but he still managed to create get plenty of shots off at goal.
The downside to that, however, is that Ronaldo has been confirmed as the most wasteful player in Serie A this season – missing more ‘big chances’ than anybody else.
It goes to show that, with some more clinical finishing under pressure, that Ronaldo could have been far closer to Fabio Quagliarella, Duvan Zapata and Krzysztof Piatek in the scoring charts.
The statistic might raise questions about the decision to award Ronaldo the MVP award, an accolade that many fans think should have been given to Quagliarella.
— doleo (@doleoedits) May 18, 2019
These statistics only receive so much attention because Ronaldo sets the bar so high, but we can definitely expect to see improvements from him at Juventus.
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