Cristiano Ronaldo was brought to Juventus in 2018 to become the driving force to push Juventus to their first UCL title since 1995/96.
The Portuguese legend has made a name for himself in a stellar career which has spanned over 18 years in four different countries.
Cristiano is a winner. His determination and positivity is unrivaled in the game of football. This is a player who pushes his mortal body beyond it’s limits.
Juventus club doctors heaped praise on the attacker for his super human physique during his medical tests two years ago, saying he had the body of a 20-year-old.
A post from Daily Mail confirms the shock of the Juventus club doctors during Ronaldo’s medical examination at the club’s training facility.
Fast forward to two years later, and the five time Ballon d’Or winner has not been able to carry Juventus past the semi-final stage of the Champions League.
We should also consider the fact that the revered footballer has performed at an excellent level individually since he swapped the Madrid capital for Turin in 2018.
In his first season with the Italian giants, Cristiano scored 21 Serie A goals and provided a further 9 assists to help Juventus win a sixth successive Scudetto.
His form in his first season in Italy earned him the Serie A Player of the Year award and saw him nominated among the final three man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or for a record 15 times.
Ronaldo increased on his debut season’s tally in his second season (2019/20) with Juventus.
Last season, the talisman scored 31 Serie A goals and provided another 6 assists; but failed to lift Juventus past the quaterfinals once again, after losing to Lyon 2-2 on away goals.
The current 2020/21 season is the third attempt for Cristiano Ronaldo to finally lift Juventus to the UCL title.
Below are some reasons why the Ronaldo led Juventus have not been able to capture the UCL title since he joined them three years ago.
Lack of creativity in the Juventus midfield
Juventus fans will never forget the midfield power that fired them to the Champions League finals against Barcelona in 2015.
Juventus were functioning like a well greased machine whose hinges were built around the legendary Pirlo, Vidal and Marchisio.
These were midfielders who were directly involved in 10+ goals each season.
Vidal and Marchisio were never tired of breaking down defensive lines with their slaloming runs and deceitful feet.
Paul Pogba then added to an already well greased machine and Juventus recorded their first unbeaten run to their famous Serie A title under Conte.
Fast forward to now and what we see in the middle of the park is a stale, clueless, unenergetic and average midfielders who lack the ability to break down defenses.
Ramsey and Rabiot have been nothing short of terrible; while Khedira and Bentancur have been in and out of the team in recent times.
There is nobody at the center of the park who is able to orchestrate moves and dictate the tempo with good touches, passes and intelligence.
Poor contribution from the fullbacks
The modern game has benefitted from the impact of attacking fullbacks in recent years. A good example of this fact id the Liverpool team.
Fullbacks help to stretch out the opposition to create space in the middle for speedy and skillful attackers like Ronaldo to thrive in.
A world-class fullback can contribute as much as 10+ goals a season for his club. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold contributes 13+ goals every season for The Reds’.
None of the current Juventus fullbacks have created anything more than 5 goals in the past three seasons.
And as a result, Ronaldo, who happens to be very good in the air, has little or no quality deliveries from the flanks; unlike when he was at Madrid where Marcelo and Carvajal fed him endlessly from the flanks.
Lack of a selfless center forward partner like Benzema
During Ronaldo’s time at Madrid, where he played alongside Bale and Benzema in the famous ‘BBC’ setup, Ronaldo scored goals for fun.
And the main reason he did that was because of the amazing player that Benzema was.
In Benzema, Real Madrid didn’t have a striker who banged in goals left, right and center, but someone who could selflessly take the fall to let his much better colleague take the glory.
During more patient build-up plays, Benzema roams around the area, pulling defenders with him and creating space for the other members of the BBC.
Ronaldo and Bale both required space to cause damage to the opposition, and Benzema’s selfless runs creates that space.
When Benzema gets on the ball in the final third, he is beautifully unselfish, and looks up to spray the ball to the others.
That weak, detached demeanor that often makes him look like he isn’t interested in playing, makes it possible for others to cause havoc.
Benzema behaves like he isn’t interested in scoring goals, and will do anything just to see Ronaldo on the scoresheet.
This is just to tell you how much of a goal creating servant he was for Madrid.
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