After failing to score in Juventus’ first two fixtures of the 2018/2019 season, fans were hoping it would be third time lucky for Ronaldo, but they were left frustrated after Saturday’s away game at Parma as he once again failed to open his Serie A scoring account despite having more shots in the match than any other player on the pitch.
While most of his shots were from outside the box, he did miss two golden opportunities, with both attempts ultimately off target by some margin.
He also attempted an acrobatic shot on the edge of the penalty box against Parma, uncharacteristically scuffing it.
So far this season, Ronaldo has had 23 attempts on goal without scoring, the most of any player in Europe’s top five football leagues.
Moreover, spectators have taken to social media to vent their frustration, while others posted reminders of his unprecedented achievements, suggesting Juventus’ investment will ultimately pay off, especially in their Champions League campaign.
Can’t score in farmers league 😂😂😂— Hector Coto (@iEatINaTENT) September 1, 2018
Most overrated player in football history. marketing give him a career— Angel 🇪🇸🇪🇸 (@AngelJ991) September 1, 2018
LMAO who’s dominated UEL and UCL for the past 5 years?— Vaas (@Vaas4life) September 1, 2018
Despite Ronaldo’s shortcomings in front of goal and some questionable performances from the club’s defense, Juventus are top of the Serie A standings, with Mandzukic, Khedira, Bernadeschi and Matuidi netting the crucial goals.
Real Madrid are also enjoying a strong start to the season, winning all of their opening La Liga fixtures, with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema seemingly responding well to the challenge of stepping up in terms of goal-scoring after Ronaldo’s move.