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 Juventus season in Italy following his £99million move last summer, the former Real Madrid man managed just 28 goals.
That’s a far cry from Ronaldo‘s best-ever total of 61 strikes for Los Blancos in the 2014-15 campaign.
Now, his comparatively disappointing season has seen him miss out on the Italian top-flight’s Team of the Year.
Goal-machine Duvan Zapata is joined by Josip Ilicic and Dries Mertens in the attacking spots instead.
In fact, despite winning their eighth Serie A crown in a row only TWO Juventus players made the list – right-back Joao Cancelo and midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic took the goalkeeper’s spot, with Napoli’s sought-after Kalidou Koulibaly in the heart of defence.
Lazio’s Francesco Acerbi joins the Senegal star at centre-back with ex-Manchester City left-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.
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After all, a return of 28 goals in 43 games would be regarded as a strong season for most players – such is the high standard set by the Portuguese ace.
And it’s fair to say Real Madrid missed him in 2018-19, as they finished third in La Liga – 19 points behind Barcelona – and were knocked out in the last-16 of the Champions League by Ajax.
Another shock omission from the XI was Sampdoria ace Fabio Quagliarella – who led the league in goals scored with 26.