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Wednesday August 29 2018
Waiting for CR....1

Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to celebrate a goal for Juventus. Adam Digby takes a look at the prolonged wait for that elusive maiden strike.

As Joao Cancelo rolled the ball across the face of goal, a packed Juventus Stadium held its collective breath. Flocking to Turin from across the globe, this was the moment the fans – and indeed the larger-than-usual number of media members in attendance – had been waiting for. An open goal beckoned, yet somehow Cristiano Ronaldo inexplicably failed to do the one thing he has consistently done better than anyone else for years; he simply couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

It was a tap-in, but the Portuguese star kicked the ball off his own leg, eventually gifting Mario Mandzukic with what must rank among the easiest goals the veteran striker has ever scored. Ronaldo was credited with an assist, but his frustration was clear as he threw his arms up in despair, a reaction that stood in stark contrast to the joy he showed when Miralem Pjanic opened the scoring earlier in the evening.

A 2-0 win over Lazio and a 3-2 victory away at Chievo have seen Juventus make a bright start to 2018-19, but CR7 has played all 180 minutes and has yet to get his name on the score sheet. Both games saw journalists who are rarely present follow the team home and away, eagerly waiting to pen articles reacting to Ronaldo’s first competitive goal in a Bianconero shirt.

Many expected it would come easily for a man who has scored a minimum of 42 times in each of the last eight seasons, leaving Real Madrid with a frankly unbelievable record of 450 goals in 438 appearances. With his final two years at Manchester United also seeing him score 68 times in just 102 games, it has been somewhat surprising that Chievo and Lazio both managed to shut out the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

But for now, nobody in Turin is panicking. “We’re talking about a player who has scored more than 500 goals, with exceptional qualities,” Juve legend Mauro Camoranesitold Tuttosportthis week. “Just because he didn’t score in his first two games, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s just one of those things. He’ll score tons of goals before the end of the season.”

Max Allegri feels the same way, telling Sky Italia he was not concerned that his €112m signing remains goalless. “Italian football is completely different to in Spain, Ronaldo understands that, and he is settling in very well,” said the Juve boss. “He’s a very humble guy and I’m very pleased with the impact he’s made so far.”

That may well be the case, but everyone will feel infinitely better when this mini-drought comes to a close. This weekend sees the Bianconeri travel to Parma and then there is the international break, meaning if he doesn’t net at the Tardini, it will already be September when they next take to the field.

Considering how many were already placing bets on Gonzalo Higuain's all-time Serie A record of 36 goals in a single season being shattered, it's a sign that he can't simply waltz into Italian football and take over.

For Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus fans everywhere, the wait continues.

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Have your say...
It's going well so far. Keep it up Ronnie. Gone are the days of 25 shots a game and countless wasted efforts, i dont care how many goals he's scored in the past.
This is much more entertaining to watch. If he brings this form to CL Juve won't get out of the group.
on the 2nd September, 2018 at 8:01am
->>> He’s scored more goals than games! Has CL goals record,has more CLtitles than Teams have even won CL games. He could of retired years ago,no one will break his records for 100+ years. He doesn’t need or should have to score 1-2 goals a game anymore. Just enjoy his skill on a team already above rest of league.and hope he doesn’t get injured. Iv noticed in 2 games he’s taken a few knocks to ground. Different physicality Serie A is than La Liga. He’s bound to get some tap ins soon,or free kick
on the 31st August, 2018 at 5:02am
Pfft...listen I’m no crazed CR7 fan or ever was,but I have to admit what he had become,done,accomplished,and won is over the top incredible. From his great stand out up and coming talent displays at Man U,then moving to Real and blowing the lid off soccer.
When Madrid made the insane move of getting CR7 and Kaka(who was still best player in world at time) I thought the latter was gonna be the Star. Through twist of fate, Kaka got career altering injury, AND CR7 became the star of RM. ——>>>>
on the 31st August, 2018 at 4:44am
Two games in and already questions are being asked about Ronaldo as if we didn't witness his greatness in the EPL, La Liga, and CL! Let's give him time!
on the 30th August, 2018 at 10:21pm
It's more than goals he brings. Fear in defenders. Know how on how to win. A boost to players to want to play alongside him. Leadership in the absence of Buffon. He attracts players to juventus, to Italy, raises profile of Italian football. Raised juves shares. Raised juventus' profile. He won't score 40 goals but he brings so much more
on the 30th August, 2018 at 5:37pm
I am personally loving this. He has been in 2 leagues where defence means nothing and goals are scored at will. So this is Great to see. This is much better publicity than the publicity of him scoring 5 goals a game. It shows Serie A is tactically up there with the best. Lets hope it carries on.
Remember one thing- Portugal have won more without him.
Only bad thing is he can use the age card if he really does fail to do anything which is a shame but none the less thats what 100mil gets you!
on the 30th August, 2018 at 5:00pm
Than talking about CR7 being on the bench. That kinda talk is unnecessary at this point. Dybala definitely has to up his game on a very consistent level. He is another one suffering from tactics tactics tactics
on the 30th August, 2018 at 11:21am
It’s been 2 games. He will score but not as much as in the past as he is on the wane as last season showed, Italian league has far better defenders and defending that la liga, Allegri’s weird tactics etc. I think if he had joined Sarri’s Napoli his number would be very high. Some make Juve faves for Cl but the midfield has not been improved upon. Barcelona for me has done the best biz of all the cl faves. CR7 loves been told he is the best in the world and Allegri better start doing so rather
on the 30th August, 2018 at 10:56am
Yes, calm down folks! What is wrong with you all including you ADAM DIGBY? Don't you know by now who is CR7 and what is he capable of?! 1st; he needs time to adjust to the Italian League as it considers to be the most toughest, 2nd; as you very well must know in Real Madrid the link between him and my all time favorite Modric is magic, so he needs that in Juventus & Coach should realize that. I predict CR7 will do very well to prove to the you before anybody else he is worth every damn penny!
on the 30th August, 2018 at 8:09am
@ Beppe Rossi

That's what I said!!
on the 30th August, 2018 at 6:59am
criticised for lashing out at teammates when this clearly was not the case. Ronaldo's single minded desire to win has also been used against him. His lack of decorum in defeat seen as some kind of character flaw. He's proved his critics including myself wrong. Hopefully he shows Serie A what he can do and, who knows, heralds in a new era where teams rely once more on fantasists rather than tactical rigidity.
on the 30th August, 2018 at 12:55am
works against the Madeira native as much as there is the Ghanian-Italian and even the Liverpudlian Rooney. Middle Class Messi and Aryan Totti and De Rossi certainly had it easier even with the latter two's numerous failings over the years. Personality has played a big part as well but there is this almost deliberate attempt by commentators and the public to misread ever piece of body language from these players. The number of times Balotelli clearly expressed frustration with himself and was
on the 30th August, 2018 at 12:51am
someone to fail. I'm not going to lie, I've spent most of Ronaldo's career hating him. He's played for all of the teams I dislike and he's so dislikable. But as I've matured (or become jaded) I've been forced to accept his amazingness. Ronaldo has probably done what Balotelli needed to do to earn respect. The only way Balotelli could've been respected is if he broke every goal record known to man. Average or above average was never going to cut it. There's probably an element of prejudice that
on the 30th August, 2018 at 12:46am
there were 1,017 goals scored in Serie A (2.68 per match) which was about the same as in Spain (1,024 (2.69 per match)). So Serie A produces goals. But it's still considered hard to score in. It's hard to score in because of the tactical rigidity. And Serie A fans seem to revel in it. The Serie A equivalent of "but can he cut it on a rainy night in Stoke" is "but can he cope with Italian defenders". We wear it as a badge of origin. But like the Stoke analogy, there's a negativity to it, wishing
on the 30th August, 2018 at 12:42am
It'd be interesting if he continued to struggle, wouldn't it? There's a possibility that Ronaldo might not get 42 goals this season. I mean it's a ridiculous number of goals for any player to score but it's his minimum for the last 8 seasons. If he hits 30 he'll have met expectations. Under 30 people will probably say he struggled. Less than 20 would be unprecedented! Big numbers. But this is the thing; Serie A is a harder league to score in. There are as many goals as other leagues. Last season
on the 30th August, 2018 at 12:36am
Ronaldo takes away 2 opposition men wherever he goes - score or not he frees up space for others and his link up play, dribbling and passing are all outstanding. As many say, this guy doesn't need to score in the league for us to win it - he just needs to hit goalscoring form from March onwards - only a 3rd of the season. Cos we all know if he ain't scoring he's still creating.
Just keep him injury free that's what we focus on. Just need Dybala to get back in form now...
on the 29th August, 2018 at 11:28pm
CR7 did not score last season with Madrid either for 3 games, then for another 4 after that. But ended up scoring 26 goals in 27 apps in La Liga. Let alone what he did in the CL.

Also, it goes without saying that he will face more difficulties scoring goals in Italy.
But it's Ronaldo.

Calm down.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 7:33pm
The way the media is playing this up is quite sad. He didn't get his first la Liga goal until his 3rd or 4th match last season. We all know how that turned out at the end of the season. So calm down please with this nonsense.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 5:37pm
Ridiculous article bending the truth to suit the agenda! In no way did Ronaldo miss a tap in - the keeper deflected it at speed when he was a yard away - noone could have reacted in time!! And yes he threw his arms up but you could see he was laughing as well - he saw the funny side to it. Ronaldo didnt score till January last season and still finished top. But seriously he's not bought for the league - scoring in Europe is what this guy was made for and thats why he's with us
on the 29th August, 2018 at 2:52pm
Pretty ridiculous article. The guy hasn't scored for 2 games, so what? His class has been clear, espcially in the Chievo game where he dragged Juve on. He also has been milimitres away from scoring a few times already. All this despite Juve not really creating a lot against Lazio. Pretty harsh to call the Mandzukic goal v Lazio a tap-in for Ronaldo. The 'keeper clearly touched the ball pushing it behind Ronaldo, very hard to score that when running at full speed.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 1:51pm
Lets be realistic, Ronaldo is not going to score 30-40 goals this season with a different team in a different league. Him adding fluidity and presence into the attacking play is good enough already. Lazio were such a threat last season, but in the recent game makes Juventus feel impossible to lose. Furthermore, Ronaldo is only going to get even better. I have little doubt that this is going to be Juventus year for just about everything.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 12:46pm
Ronaldo doesn't have to score in the league; we can win that without him ever finding the net, as we've done 7x in a row now. We need his presence and ability in CL games. He'll be settled by then.

@sten -- Yes, Mandragora was banned for blasphemy on the pitch. I'm not sure what he said, but some curses are not okay in Italy. My dad, uncles, and cousins used to say one of them all the time, but in the North those curses are more accepted, just not where cameras can see your lips moving.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 9:58am
banned for blasphemy? is this saudi arabia or italy? ffs
on the 29th August, 2018 at 8:32am
As far as I am concerned team should score goals not one person, but with arrival of Ronaldo team is deffo more concrete in attack and taking into consideration that Juve's attack was on WC + transfer changes team is shabby but good. Juventus need to win CL not have Ronaldo break Higuain's record.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 8:11am
When he doesn’t score in 5 matches then we’ll start worrying if he’s worth it. But most of all, I’m more concerned if he can guarantee prestigious trophies. Like it or not, he’s got tons of burdens on his shoulders.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 4:17am
its OK, its matter of time. sooner or later he will score
on the 29th August, 2018 at 2:45am
Ronaldo is superb and all, but he often takes many shots per game. Juve OTOH are among the most clinical teams in Europe, which means strikers will be hungrier as a result. Although I still trust Mad Max, we may have to say again that he should sacrifice some defence in exchange for attack. Then again, Chievo...

Hopefully there's a solution in CR7's favour soon. I'd also worry about Dybala since ideally both play and score, but it's never that easy.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 2:38am
I'm betting on a hattrick vs Parma.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 1:25am
I think Ronaldo is discovering that teams actually play defense in Italy.
on the 29th August, 2018 at 1:07am

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