A pair of outrageous statistics regarding the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga this season have been highlighted following last night’s Madrid derby.
Los Blancos went head to head with inner-city rivals Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano, with both sides in desperate need of a win to keep pace with surging Barcelona atop the La Liga table.
However, a tense 90 minutes in the Spanish capital eventually produced no goals, with Barca now sitting a full 10 points clear of both Madrid outfits (Valencia sit 2nd in the table).
There was a surprising lack of clear-cut chances created by either side during last night’s clash, with most of Real’s best opportunities falling to Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, the Portuguese superstar once again looked uncharacteristically bereft of confidence, with his persistently heavy first-touch having allowed Atletico’s defenders to get back to make last-ditch goal-saving blocks on a number of occasions.
While Ronaldo’s struggles in front of goal domestically to start the season have been widely covered in the media (55 shots, 1 goal), another aspect of his game which has been less discussed (despite being just as blatant), has been the 32-year-old’s lack of any meaningful contribution to his side’s general play.
Ronaldo’s link-up play has been lacklustre at best, with his work on the defensive side of the ball essentially non-existent.
And it is the latter of these failings which has been highlighted by a pair of damning statistics brought to the fore on Reddit this afternoon.
Following last night’s derby, Ronaldo is now one of only 6 players yet to make either an interception or tackle in La Liga this season.
Making this stat even more embarrassing for Ronaldo is the fact that the other 5 players consist of 4 goalkeepers and one outfield player who has yet to start a match this season.