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Juventus: Fans bemoan Ronaldo's free-kick ill-luck

Juventus: Fans make Dybala and Pjanic claim as Ronaldo extends unimpressive free-kick record

February 26, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Portuguese forward squandered another set-piece opportunity in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Lyon.

Football fans on social media have bemoaned Cristiano Ronaldo's poor free-kick conversion rate with the Portuguese forward squandering one such opportunity in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Olympique Lyonnias.

Since completing his switch from Madrid to Turin in 2018, the 34-year-old winger has been the prime candidate to line up behind every set-piece in goalscoring positions while executing them with his trademark knuckle kick. However, he is yet to claim the title as an ace executioner as he is yet to score a free-kick despite making a record-breaking 38 attempts.

The Portuguese striker's eagerness to take free-kicks has seen the likes of Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic being underutilized in the department despite the duo boasting better conversion rates. Against Lyon, they watched on as the former Real Madrid star secured an unwanted record as he extended his non-scoring direct-free-kick run in the Champions League 25.

Although Ronaldo ranks as the player with the most goals from freekick in the Champions League, his latest feat does not sit well among some football fans who insist that he should hand over duty to other able personnel. Meanwhile, his Juventus side enters the second-leg of their Round of 16 tie with Lyon with a goal-deficit having failed to score at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Below are a few reactions from fans:


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