Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has gone two years without scoring a free-kick goal in club football. The Juventus striker is well known for his quality at the time of taking these shots, but he’s been unlucky for over two years.
His last one came when he was still part of Real Madrid, with a goal against Gremio in the Club World Cup while the game was locked at 0-0. As it was the common thing those days, the 34-year-old stepped up and swerved a ball over the wall and into the net to give Los Blancos the lead.
Since then, his technique has failed and Cristiano hasn’t had the same luck when taking free-kicks. To put it into context, it’s 748 days, 17,952 hours and 1,077,120 minutes since the strike against Gremio.
He’s scored at an international level, netting twice for his country during that time, with the one against Spain at the 2018 World Cup being the standout.
— B3 (@b3naldo7) 15 de junio de 2019
He was very close to breaking his drought in the Champions League until Aaron Ramsey intervened. It’s interesting to see that he’s still the top man when it comes to taking free-kicks for Juve.
Cristiano Ronaldo *almost* scored his first free-kick for Juventus.
But Aaron Ramsey took it off the line 🙃 pic.twitter.com/viM9BqEqFO
— B/R Football (@brfootball) 6 de noviembre de 2019
The Serie A champions have other great dead-ball specialists in their side such as Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic but it’s Ronaldo with the responsibility still. Even Maurizio Sarri spoke about this earlier this season, saying he would leave set-pieces to his player’s discretion.
Speaking in a press conference back in October, the Italian said per ESPN:
“The free-kicks? We have two right-footed options on the pitch: him [Pjanic] and Ronaldo. So they will have to decide among themselves who takes them, as happens in just about any other side.”
Cristiano has been close to scoring using this way, as we saw above. Perhaps it won’t take too long before we see him celebrating his first free-kick goal with Juventus.