As the Italian Serie A gets into its third round of matches this weekend, the question on the lips of many would be how long it will take Cristiano Ronaldo to get his first league goal in Italy? The Portuguese came to the league with high expectations having proved to be a scoring sensation at his last club, Real Madrid, with whom he won a record hattrick of UEFA Champions League.
His goalscoring record cannot be overlooked and that is why Juventus are getting a bigger odds of not only winning the Italian league as well as the Cup which they have won in the last four seasons but also add the Champions League to their collection of honours.
Heading to today’s game against Parma, the Portuguese was angered by the fact that he was overlooked by UEFA for last season’s best player in the Champions League despite scoring 15 goals. Instead, the honour was given to his former teammate Luka Modric, who played a great role for Croatia at this year’s World Cup where he was deservedly named the player of the tournament Ronaldo, whose sixth Ballon d’Or crown now looks threatened, knows that he has to replicate the kind of form that saw him go shoulder-to-shoulder with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, if he will be adding more collection of honours.
His first two games with the Old Lady saw his makes efforts at breaking the duck but he was denied by combination of great goalkeeping and defending particularly in the match against Chievo which was his debut, a match that Massimiliano Allegri’s men had to dig deep to claim a come-from-behind win. Observers are of the view that Ronaldo, who is still the bookmakers’ top choice to end the season as the highest scorer, will not have it as smooth as he did while in England and Spain.
They cited the rigidity that is associated with Italian defence as the reason the 33-year-old striker will have a tough experience in Italy regarding scoring regularly. Ronaldo loves winning and this much was shown in the way he reacted to losing the UEFA’s best player in Monaco on Thursday. “On Thursday, he was angry because he won the Champions League and scored 15 goals.
This shows that he always wants to be the best,” said Allegri ahead of the match at Parma. Allegri believes the UEFA award’s frustration could turn out to be the tonic that will drive his star player to bring result. He said:”Saturday will be difficult. Historically in Parma, Juve have struggled. “Games on the eve of international breaks are always a danger.”
The Italian coach confirmed that Ronaldo will start alongside Mario Mandzukic, who incidentally is Modric’s compatriot. The need for Ronaldo to get down to business and hit the ground running in Turin was also the reason he was omitted from next two international matches as pointed out by Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos.
It is a well known fact that Ronaldo exited the Spanish capital with acrimony and that is why he has had issues with the Real captain Sergio Ramos and some of the club’s top personnel since exiting Santiago Barnebeu. Jibes have been thrown at him since the award on Thursday where he won the best striker award, which, to him, is not more than a consolation. However, only a consistent star performance would make him stand tall in the midst of attacks that have been coming his way from the club he helped in winning four Champions League among other titles.
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