– Cristiano Ronaldo was on target for Juventus in their 3-0 win over Spezia
– The attacker has been accused of failing to add value to the club since they signed for almost £100m
– Stats show that the 36-year-old has scored just one free-kick of the 65 he has taken since 2018
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Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just one direct free-kick since his £98 million transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in 2018.
The five-time Champions League winner has played a total of 65 free-kicks since he joined the Turin-based outfit but has only a 1.5 per cent success rate.
Stats show that the 36-year-old’s only goal from the set-piece came during the Old Lady’s 3-1 triumph over Torino in July 2020.
Although the 36-year-old has remarkable goals scoring record for the Italian League giants having scored a whopping 92 goals in 119 appearances across competitions.
The Portugal international also has won two Serie A titles as well as two Supercoppa Italiana trophies since he joined them.
However, his chances of winning his third straight Scudetto this campaign are slim as Juve trail Inter Milan by seven points after 24 games so far.
The stats further reveal that Juve had more success from free-kicks before the arrival of the five-time Champions League winner three years ago.
Andrea Pirlo’s men had scored 11 of their previous 74 free-kicks across two seasons prior to Ronaldo’s signing.
The 36-year-old has scored 46 times from direct free-kicks in his career, but his recent struggles with dead-balls seem to be hurting the Allianz Stadium outfit as they sit third on the log.
Pirlo’s men have won just two of their last six matches in all competitions – one of which was a 3-0 success over rock-bottom Crotone. Their problems extend into the Champions League too.
Juventus suffered a shock last-16 first-leg defeat to Porto last month and are staring down the barrel of an early European exit as reported by Daily Star.
Boss Pirlo is under significant pressure, but he did find time to address Ronaldo’s recent profligacy from dead-ball situations. He said:
“Free-kick goals are important, they can decide games, especially against teams that sit deep. Ronaldo is training well and is improving. He is more serene and he is convinced he is soon going to score from a free kick.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that Georgina Rodriguez has revealed that her partner Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to defeats in football maturely whenever he returns home to be with his family.
The 36-year-old is a super athlete who has broken and set new records everywhere he has gone to play – including his present club Juventus.
However, sometimes the outcome of the game does not favour him and instead of beating himself up, he simply understands that it is part of the game.
Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Legit.ng. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.