When was the last time Ronaldo scored a free kick?- Cristiano continues barren run for Manchester United

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When was the last time Ronaldo scored a free kick?- Cristiano continues barren run for Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo may not have invented the knuckle-ball free-kick, but he was the one was popularized it and introduced football fans around the world to the inventive and audacious technique. He had been doing that during his days in Manchester before 2009.

Those who watched his free-kick for the Red Devils against Portsmouth would remember that. The trend continued at Real Madrid and Portugal, but over the years, his goals from free kicks have dried up a lot.

When was the last time Ronaldo scored a free kick?

The last time Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal from a direct free kick was for Juventus against Torino on July 4th, 2020. The goal came from his 43rd free-kick attempt at the Allianz Stadium since he joined them from Real Madrid.

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And that woeful record of scoring free kicks actually started from the time he netted in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup. After that, it was all Row Z shots, into the wall, or straight at the ‘keeper. He has scored 65 free kick goals in his career for club and country, a record Lionel Messi bettered earlier this year.

When was the last time Ronaldo scored a free kick for Manchester United and Portugal?

The last free kick goal Ronaldo scored for Manchester United was actually the last ever goal he scored them, which came in a 2-0 win over city rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on 10th May 2009. Ronaldo is yet to score a free kick for the Old Trafford outfit since his return this summer.

The last time the Portuguese superstar scored a free kick for his country was against Spain when he completed a comeback in a 3-3 draw against Spain in the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stages. It is fair to say that he has lost his free-kick mojo. Maybe he is trying too hard or it was just a lucky run before.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is the highest goalscorer in international football.
When was the last time Ronaldo scored a free kick?- Cristiano continues barren run for Manchester United. (Reuters)

But whatever it is, opposition goalkeepers can now breathe a sigh of relief when the former Sporting CP man steps up to take the free-kick. They have been doing so for a few years now, to be fair.

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Bhaawan

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