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Ronaldo has successfully shot less than 3% in four years

Cristiano Ronaldo’s conversion rate for free kicks into goals throughout his career has dropped to 6%.

According to The Athletic, Ronaldo has only succeeded two out of 68 free kicks since 2016-2017, reaching a rate of 2.9%. Before that, the Portuguese superstar achieved an average rate of 7.4% in the nine seasons of Real’s shirt. Ronado’s free-kick weapon, apparently, was blunting over the years.

“Ronaldo is always trying to get and take as many free kicks as possible, but the conversion rate to goal is very mediocre,” said The Athletic. Including his career, in the colors of Portuguese clubs and national team, Ronaldo only has a free kick-to-goal conversion rate of 6%. He succeeded 56 out of 933 times in front of penalties.

In nine years playing for Real, Ronaldo has 33 goals from the free kick, after 444 chances. But in the last five seasons, in both Real and Juventus colors, he has only succeeded eight times. At the same time, Lionel Messi got 31 from free kicks, Neymar and Willian had 11 together, and even defender Aleksandar Kolarov got eight like Ronaldo.

In the 2018-2019 season, Ronaldo shot 42 consecutive free kicks without scoring. He only quenched his thirst in the match against Torino last season, with a free kick that raised the score to 3-1. That goal was also the first time Ronaldo took advantage of a free kick, after 81 matches for Juventus.

His ability to score from a free-kick dropped sharply, but the number of goals Ronaldo was still high. In the last season playing for Real, the 35-year-old superstar scored 44 goals. In his first season with Juventus, he scored 28 times and last season had 37 goals. This season, Ronaldo scored nine goals in seven games, including eight in Serie A – second in the list of bombing of the tournament.

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Messi is criticized for lack of leadership spirit

Lionel Messi left for the dressing room, instead of staying in the field for interviews after Barca lost 0-1 in La Liga on November 21.

Messi declined an interview – a mandatory obligation on the part of the organizers, but that day Barca also had no veterans to replace him. Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto both injured, leaving the field from the front. Sergio Busquets stayed in Barcelona to recover. The 17-year-old Pedri, therefore, must represent Barca players to talk to the media about the team’s defeat against Atletico.

“Barca are a team without a leader, even when the game at the Wanda Metropolitano ends. They lose the game, leave the field with a low bow in boredom. But their mission is not limited to 90 minutes. ? “, AS asked. “Messi, once again, failed to show his captain’s role. On October 24, after Barca lost to Real Madrid, 19-year-old rookie defender Sergino Dest was also required to show up to the media. Barca’s dressing clearly lacks a leader, although the captain’s armband is in the hands of Messi – who demanded to leave in August “.

In the El Calsico match that Marca recalled, both captain Messi and two vice captains Pique, Busquets played. But Dest had to stand up and speak to the media, and answer in English because the 19-year-old American did not speak a single Spanish.

The fans also find it difficult to understand when a young player like Pedri must accept responsibility for the team’s defeat to the media. “It’s shameful,” commented one fan on Twitter. “The fact that Pedri has to respond to the interview says a lot about Messi’s captain’s role,” commented another fan.

In reply to the Atletico defeat, Pedri said: “Recently, we have not been doing well in attack, and the first half injury goal has affected the team. We know things like this. Absolutely possible and the team is still improving. La Liga is very long, we can completely compete for the championship.

The defeat of Atletico caused Barca to drop to 12th La Liga, with only 11 points after 10 rounds. Messi’s team is 12 points behind Real Sociedad, but less than two games.

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What are the conditions for Messi to stay at the Nou Camp “as king”?

The shock that Lionel Messi created in the summer of 2020 has just subsided. The burofax that the Argentine superstar sent to Barcelona with a request to leave created a quake not only with the cule, but also with football fans around the globe.

Currently, the departure of President Josep Bartomeu temporarily helps partially resolve the case. But in fact, Messi has not yet signed a contract extension with the Catalunya team. And the possibility of “El Pulga” freely leaving the Nou Camp at the end of the 2020/21 season is still completely open.

The worrying thing for Barcelona is that since January 2021, Lionel Messi has the freedom to negotiate with any club that this player wants, including English teams such as Man City, Liverpool, MU or even. Great rival in the sky Real Madrid. Bosman’s law allows the 33-year-old player to contact any partner during the last 6 months of his contract without going through the host club.

For that reason, what Barcelona needs to do now is to convince Lionel Messi and his agent to return to the negotiating table. However, Mr. Jorge Messi, father and also the representative of “Leo” is not very interested in the plan that interim President Carles Tusquets and his subordinates are trying hard.

According to Marca’s source, Lionel Messi has come to the decision to “stay stationary” from now until the end of the 2020/21 season and then consider the future. The captain of the Catalunya team does not need to be in a hurry, as time is still supporting him.

The pro-Real newspaper said Messi’s future depends on two factors. It is his own form and the future of the club. Barcelona’s performance in the 2020/21 season will be a very important factor for “Leo” to decide on the future.

The relationship between Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman is still fine. But that doesn’t make much sense, because the most important thing is still the club’s performance. This was not the period when Barca was in good shape. They lost 1-3 in the Super Classic match, currently ranked only 8 in La Liga (kicked 2 matches less than the top team Sociedad). Above all, Messi longs for the Champions League and if Barca wins, maybe he will stay.

In addition, Messi is also very interested in the new Barcelona presidential election, which will take place in the summer of 2021. Former President Josep Bartomeu pushes this team into a comprehensive crisis, in terms of achievement collective as well as the financial situation of the club.

This source said that Lionel Messi is looking forward to the return of former President Joan Laporta. This is the president of Barcelona who has a great influence on Messi’s career as well as the success of the team’s history.

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When Messi was no longer unique at Barca (Part 1)

The win over Villarreal in La Liga showed that Barca were trying to adjust their style of play, and were freed from their dependence on Lionel Messi.

In the first 20 minutes of the Villarreal match, Messi only touched the ball six times, but Barca scored twice thanks to a brace from rising star Ansu Fati, following assists from Jordi Alba and Philippe Coutinho. Ronald Koeman’s reign has started differently from at least three of his predecessors Luis Enrique, Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien. In all three of those periods, Messi scored his first goal.

If you look closely at Fati’s two goals, it can be seen that Messi missed at least once in the first goal. When Alba received the ball at the bottom of the margin, both Fati and Messi moved closer and asked for the ball. Alba did not pass to Messi, just a few steps behind Fati. When the man cushioned the ball into the Goalkeeper Asenjo’s net to open the scoring, Messi jumped slightly as a reflex when he made the shot. Also, he was uncomfortable with his teammate’s pass.

According to statistics firm Opta, messi made only 54 passes, far behind leader Frenkie De Jong (74) and three others, Alba (73), Gerard Pique (69) and Sergio Busquets (60). Coutinho, wearing the number 14 shirt, was in fact free to play at No.10, played a role in organising the game, also passing the ball 44 times, only slightly behind Messi despite playing 20 minutes less than his team-mates.

In theory, Manager Koeman arranged Messi to play the highest in the attacking line in a virtual No.9 role, with the trio behind fati, Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann. But Messi operates wide and regularly plays lower than his three team-mates. The heat map shows that he appears most in the position behind Griezmann, who is on the right wing. Messi is still involved in the opening of attacking phases, but is no longer the one who performs the whole stage of sparking – finishing as usual in previous eras. Very often, Messi seeks to sneak into the penalty area in search of a definitive opportunity.

This was a highlight of the idea that Koeman claimed when he took charge of Barca. Off the pitch, Messi no longer has the privilege of training, resting as required by the individual, but must follow the general plan. On the field, no.10 still carries the captain’s band, and is the leader of the game, but is no longer the center of every line as before. Those moves showed that Koeman wanted Messi to be held accountable, breaking the situation of the team being overly dependent on him as before.

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How many goals does Neymar score in his career?

Although only 28 years old, but Neymar has reached an impressive scoring milestone, promising to approach two superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Neymar was once considered the star that could replace Messi and Ronaldo dominated world football. Although not yet done, but at least the Brazilian superstar still forced people to remind him of his remarkable scoring skills.

Before the European tournaments were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the striker born in 1992 was able to shine with the goal to open the score in the return leg of the 1/8 Champions League against Dortmund.  

Neymar’s strike in the head of the city in the 28th minute helped PSG beat Dortmund with a score of 3-2, thereby booking a place in the quarter-finals of the club’s most prestigious continent.

According to statistics, that is the 400th goal of Neymar in both the club career, the young teams of Brazil and the Brazilian national team. 400 goals is clearly an impressive milestone for a player who hasn’t turned 30 yet.  

That is, Neymar can completely go as far as to go beyond the goals of Ronaldo and Messi, who have entered the end of their careers (Ronaldo and Messi have scored a total of 1,449 goals, of which El Pulga poor CR7 once tore the opponent).

Of the 400 goals so far, 138 have been scored by Neymar in the Santos shirt, the team he has worked with since starting his career until the age of 21.

In 4 years with Barca, from 2013 to 2017, the Brazilian superstar has 114 goals, ie, the average of each opponent’s net 28.5 times. At PSG, Neymar has 69 fires, many of which are decisive goals. In the Brazil national team shirt, Neymar has 61 goals after 101 appearances. The remaining 18 goals were scored by the striker born in 1992 for young teams (1 goal of U17, 9 goals of U20 and 8 goals of Olympic).

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