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There’s a new damning stat about Cristiano Ronaldo’s season which shows just how under par he has been

The Real Madrid legend has not quite been himself in La Liga so far this campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo has nothing left to prove in the world of football.

The Real Madrid legend has dominated the game with his ferocious goalscoring for over a decade and has reinforced trophy cabinet to show for his efforts.

Which makes his form this season all the more bewildering.

A rare lack of form

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A rare lack of form

It says a lot about the standards Ronaldo has set for himself that he can be considered to be well under par in a season where he is currently the top goalscorer in the Champions League.

His form in the league has been under much scrutiny with many highlighting his shot conversion rate of approximately 2.5% as the one stat which summarises the great man’s current struggle.

He has just the one domestic goal this term.


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However, some of his other numbers paint an even bleaker picture.

Ronaldo is one of only six players in La Liga to have played over 100 minutes this season who has not made a single tackle or interception — according to stats gurus WhoScored.

Of those six players, four are goalkeepers and the other has not been named in a starting line-up yet this season.

For the first time in years questions are being asked about Ronaldo spot in the starting XI

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For the first time in years questions are being asked about Ronaldo spot in the starting XI

Now of course, Ronaldo is a forward and should not be judged on defensive stats, but if he’s not scoring and not contributing elsewhere, it begs the question, what is he doing?

Much was made of the fact he lost a sprint race against Juanfran in the Madrid derby on Saturday night…

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Is it possible that time is beginning to weigh heavy of Ronaldo’s toned shoulders?

He is in peak physical condition and has long been arguably the most athletic footballer on the planet but in three months’ time he’ll celebrate his 33rd birthday.

The demands of playing at the top level, and at the sky-high standard Ronaldo has set for himself, are bound to take their toll at some point.

With that being said, he’ll probably still finish the season with more goals than most.

Though with the abundance of talent Real Madrid boast (Marco Asensio, anyone?) even the supremely confident Ronaldo may be starting to worry about his spot in the starting line-up.

Too good to sit on the bench?

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Too good to sit on the bench?

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