Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly desperate to get off the mark for Juventus although it hasn’t quite happened for him in Turin so far.
The former Real Madrid star stunned the football world over the summer as he made a stunning €100 million switch to the Serie A champions.
And it didn’t take long for Ronaldo to settle into his new surroundings, scoring on his first non-competitive appearance for the club in a friendly against their Under-23 side.
It’s not quite come off for him in the league, however, with Ronaldo having now failed to score in his opening three Serie A matches.
That hasn’t stopped Juve winning, though, with Massimiliano Allegri’s men having made a perfect start to the 2018-19 campaign with victories over Chievo, Lazio and Parma.
Indeed, Mario Mandzukic proved the hero for Juve against Parma on Saturday, scoring and claiming an assist in a 2-1 win for the Bianconeri.
Unfortunately for the Portugal captain, his 23 attempts at goal without scoring is the worst tally in Europe’s big-five leagues, with Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier behind him in second with 15 shots.
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is third in the list, with no goals from his 13 shots at goal, while Toulouse striker Andy Delort (12) and Lyon ace Nabil Fekir (11) make up the top five of Europe’s wayward finishers thus far.
Ronaldo will no doubt be confident of finding the back of the net in Juve colours soon, however, with Allegri’s side facing Sassuolo at home in their next fixture after the international break.
The 33-year-old should be fully fit and raring to go too, with Ronaldo missing from his national team’s squad for the upcoming fixtures against Croatia and Italy.
The former Manchester United forward was beaten to UEFA’s Player of the Year award by Luka Modric, with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes calling the decision “ridiculous and shameful”.