Cristiano Ronaldo: Italian newspaper SLAMS Juventus star as Serie A struggles continue

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Juventus recorded their third league win in as many games by beating Parma 2-1 on Saturday evening thanks to goals from Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi. Ronaldo once again failed to find the net as his wait for a competitive goal in Italy goes on. The Portuguese star has made the headlines in recent weeks due to his uncharacteristic barren streak in front of goal. And Corriere dello Sport have taken the liberty of offering Ronaldo a new, unflattering nickname. ‘CR5.5’ was the headline splashed across the front of the paper on Monday morning, making reference to Ronaldo’s ‘CR7’ brand and the fact his Fantasy Football score was five-and-a-half out of 10 against Parma on Saturday evening. The tagline that followed read: “The Portuguese disappoints and does not score.” Juventus legend Ciro Ferrara spoke out about Ronaldo’s start to life in Italy over the weekend. And the former defender believes the 33-year-old will continue to struggle due to the strength of Serie A compared to La Liga. “I think he’ll get maximum 25-26 goals this season, but certainly fewer than he’s accustomed to scoring in Spain,” Ferrara told Il Corriere di Torino newspaper. “He won’t get more than 30 goals, in my view. “It’s different in Italy and I am not saying that just because of the defenders we have here, but also the style of football. It’s more tactical and even the smaller teams are more organised. “Having said that, you cannot criticise Ronaldo, as he is a phenomenon and a great professional. “This is why it makes me smile to see this apprehension over when he’ll score his first goal.” Ronaldo has been left out of Portugal’s squad for their friendly against Croatia and Uefa Nations League opener against Italy during the international break. Juventus’s next match sees them host Sassuolo before the Champions League campaign gets up and running.


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