Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to find the back of the net in three starts this season, despite 23 shots on goal - more than any other player in Europe’s top competitions.
His Juventus remain top-of-the-table, unbeaten in their opening three, recording a maximum nine points to this stage.
Each of Juve’s three Serie A games has included some discussion on this goal drought for the Portuguese international. In some respects, it is something worth discussing.
In his eight years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 games in all competitions. Goals are an expectation.
But there are other factors which should be taken into consideration when discussing this goalless streak:
Juventus are still scoring and winning. The pressure on Ronaldo would be more intense if both he, and the team were failing to fire.
It’s also worth noting that after eight years in La Liga, it will take some time to adjust to Serie A. Each league has its own pace, systems and intricacies, and it takes time for players (even five-time Ballon d’Or winners) to settle and adjust.
Within the team itself, there are still discussions as to where Ronaldo’s best position is: left wing or striker?
Massimiliano Allegri’s positional tinkering could also be a factor in this goal drought.
This isn’t the first time Ronaldo has been unable to score goals. Just last season, he struggled to score early on in the campaign.
In a scenario which sounds very familiar, Ronaldo only scored once in his first 12 La Liga games. During that time he amassed 55 shots on goal.
However long this streak lasts, there is no doubt that once he does score, many more will follow.
His next opportunity to do so will be after the international break against Sassuolo.
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