Juventus’ new blockbuster signing Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to get off the mark.
The Italian giants have benefited greatly in terms of what the Portuguese superstar has brought in commercially and to the club-value, and will now be hoping that the forward makes good of his worth and aids the team to success.
However, with any player, it is important that only their best skills are utilized fully, for at the end of the day, football is still a team game and not one that is powered by individual brilliance alone.
However, it seems Juventus may not have understood this concept. According to the most recent revelation made by Miralem Pjanić, Ronaldo has been assigned to be the primary free-kick taker for the Serie A giants.
The 28-year-old Bosnian football revealed (via Di Marzio): “Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world. At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be me or Dybala to take it. Now, it’s 100% him. He is a tremendous free-kick taker.”
While Ronaldo’s picturesque ability with the ball is of no doubt, and his five-time Ballon d’Or haul is a testament to his brilliance, perhaps this decision isn’t the best one.
Ronaldo isn’t exactly a free-kick specialist, and while his pre-spot-kick stance is an iconic image that is imprinted upon the minds of several supporters, more often than not, the widely spread legs just kick the ball into a wall.
Statistically, both Dybala and Pjanic are significantly better free-kick takers than Ronaldo, and this is a decision that Juventus will have to give great thought to if they wish to make the most out of every set piece they earn.