Ever since he beat Leo Messi and Neymar to FIFA’s Best player award, Cristiano Ronaldo has been hailed by several pundits and football fans alike. However, those that believed he did not deserve the honor, cited statistics to support their criticism; but that is all about last season. Or is it?
In fact, there is one statistic from this season that doesn’t paint the four-time Ballon d’Or winner in a good light in the La Liga.
According to Who Scored, Ronaldo has the worst conversion rate of any goal-scorer in Europe’s top 5 leagues. The 2.5 percent from his sole goal in 6 league appearances is a pretty good indicator of just how poor he has been domestically.
To be fair, in his favorite chomping grounds of the Champions League, the Portuguese forward has been doing well, finding the back of the net 5 times in 3 appearances. But the La Liga is where both he and Real Madrid have been dismal.
However, a reason for it could also be the four matches he was suspended for at the start of the season, after shoving the referee in the Spanish Super Cup encounter against Barcelona. But that isn’t an excuse for the lack of goals elsewhere.
On Sunday too, against Girona, to whom Los Blancos lost 2-1, Ronaldo tried several attempts at goal, some of them close, but all were in vain. His disappointed expression on the day is also a fitting reply to this figure.
Moreover, a bad mood might not be the only thing that he will have to worry about, as he might be suspended for a shove in the same encounter. His tussle with Pere Pons is under review currently, and might not bode well for the best player in the world.
While the debate between him and Messi will go on rather loudly, the statistics ought to speak louder.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.