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OPINION: Should Juventus be worried about Ronaldo?

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus from Real Madrid was certainly one of the more surprising ones of the summer transfer window. A potential Ronaldo move was in the works since the Champions League final, where he picked up his fifth title in the competition. Juventus were signing a proven winner, a man who could potentially give them that next step in the Champions League having failed in two previous finals one of which against Real Madrid where Ronaldo scored twice.

Since his recent move, however, the Portuguese talisman has so far, failed to register a goal for Juventus. So, should Ronaldo or Juventus be worried?

No, no they shouldn’t. I think in the modern game now especially; fans and pundits are too quick to assume the worst so early on in the season. I am merely using this as a comparison, but after the first two games of the season for Arsenal, there were pundits and some fans criticizing Unai Emery’s tactics but two victories later he seems to be getting his point across. The point here is, is that it’s three games into his venture with The Old Lady, so there is nothing to worry about as of yet. 

Juventus have hardly been struggling either, they sit top of Serie A after three games having won all their matches so far, scoring seven goals and conceding only three. Despite not getting off the mark, it clearly has not affected the team who have made a great start in defending their Scuddetto.

Ronaldo has been in this similar situation before, in particular, his last season at Real Madrid. In November of last year, Ronaldo at one point had 48 shots and only one goal, while his professional rival Lionel Messi, had scored 12 goals from 69 attempts at that stage. The press at the time were labelling it as a crisis but Ronaldo went on to score 44 goals that season in 44 appearances including 15 in the Champions League. 

Another time where Ronaldo suffered a goal drought of sorts was during the Champions League campaign of 2016-17. Ronaldo had not scored in 523 minutes of that campaign in Europe and yet he went on to play a vital role in Los Blancos road to winning the Champions League including back-to-back hat-tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid and as mentioned scoring twice in the final against Juventus.

In comparison, his long seen professional rival Lionel Messi, also went through a goal drought in the latter stages of the 2015/16 season, having gone 515 minutes without finding the back of the net before his 500th career goal which broke the drought and he aided Barcelona with 41 goals and 23 assists as Barcelona picked up the domestic double.

In regard to Ronaldo, my take is that he is finding his feet in new surroundings. Every player has that initial process when moving to a new club, some start faster than others but to say Ronaldo is in a crisis after three games, I think is completely absurd. In three months’ time, Ronaldo will probably be at the 20 goal mark and the talks of a “crisis” will be forgotten about.

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