Ronaldo fails to make Serie A’s best XI after worst goal-scoring record in a decade

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to break into the 2018-19 Serie A Team of the Year after his worst goal-scoring record in a decade.

In his debut season in Italy following his £99million transfer last summer window, the former Real Madrid man managed to score just 28 goals.

That’s poor when compared to Ronaldo’s best-ever total of 61 strikes for Los Blancos in the 2014-15 season.

Now, his comparatively disappointing campaign has seen him miss out on the 2018/19 Team of the Year in Seria A as Duvan Zapata is joined by Josip Ilicic and Dries Mertens in the attacking positions instead.

In fact, despite winning their eighth Serie A title in a row only two Juventus players made the list – Joao Cancelo and midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic made the goalkeeper’s spot, with Napoli’s sought-after dedender Kalidou Koulibaly in the heart of defence.

Lazio’s Francesco Acerbi joins the Senegal defender at centre-back with ex-Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov on the left.

Napoli star Fabian Ruiz and Papu Gomez – one of three Atalanta players in the team – join Pjanic in the midfield trio.

But five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, 34, will still be disappointed to miss out on the team.

After all, a return of 28 goals in 43 matches would be regarded as a strong campaign for most players – such is the high standard set by the Portugal international.

Another surprising omission from the line-up was Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella – who led the Italian league in goals scored with 26.


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