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Cristiano Ronaldo cannot even dribble – he is too ordinary

Goal: Former Italy and Juventus striker Luca Toni has called out Cristiano Ronaldo for his poor performance in the Bianconeri’s Coppa Italia loss to Napoli on Wednesday night, stating that the Portuguese looked deeply “average” and that he “couldn’t even dribble”.

Ronaldo played 90 minutes of the showpiece clash at Stadio Olimpico but failed to find the net in what was a largely uninspiring performance from both sides.

Indeed, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner mustered only one shot on target and was unable to take a spot-kick in the decisive penalty shoot-out, with Paulo Dybala and Danilo both fluffing their lines early on before Ronaldo had a chance to beat Alex Meret from 12 yards.

Toni, an Italian World Cup winner and goalscoring icon, felt that the Portugal captain was lacking his usual sharpness and was unable to inspire the Serie A champions to cup glory as a result.

“I saw the a whole Juventus team in difficulty, even Cristiano Ronaldo, who looked like an average player in what was a very slow match,” 43-year-old Toni told Rai Sport after the clash.

“You expect a big performance from him but he looked like he was experiencing physical difficulties – he couldn’t even dribble a man.

“Buffon was the best player on the pitch. I liked Douglas Costa a lot too, but Sarri only let him play 60 minutes. [Douglas] Costa and [Juan] Cuadrado were the only ones able to beat their man because at the moment Ronaldo is struggling to dribble.”

Wednesday’s loss marks the only time in Ronaldo’s career that he has lost two successive finals, having been defeated by Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana at the tail end of 2019.

Regardless, Ronaldo’s sister took to Instagram after the match to stick up for her brother, stating that he can’t always be expected to win matches on his own.

She said: “What else can you do? It is what it is and my darling can’t work miracles alone. I can’t understand how they played like that. Anyway, keep your head up. You can’t do more, my king.”

This year’s Coppa Italia was the first in 11 years to be decided by a penalty shootout, and is the sixth time Napoli have lifted the trophy in their history – only four teams have won it more often.

Source: Published by Goal

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Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
15 days ago

I wish I could argue with Luca Toni but he’s right Cr7’s performance was really ordinary 😥

Odunlami Soliu Omololu
Odunlami Soliu Omololu
15 days ago

Ronaldo is too rigid.Luca Toni is right.

GODWIN BUDUZHI
GODWIN BUDUZHI
15 days ago

It think the long rest affected both Rinaldo and the entire team.

Ajagu Joseph Samson
Ajagu Joseph Samson
15 days ago

He is not a very good dribbler after all

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
15 days ago

That’s true, he’s really getting old and not younger,I think he should retire soon.

Ukwade peace
Ukwade peace
15 days ago

I know Cr7 will bounce back to prove Lucas wrong.

Augustine Augustine
Augustine Augustine
15 days ago

Indeed cr7 was not having a great night yesterday.The whole Juventus team we’re not at there best

Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
15 days ago

Slightly true

UGOCHUKW ADIELA
UGOCHUKW ADIELA
15 days ago

Poor performance poor clearance

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
15 days ago

That’s true, he’s really getting old and not younger,I think he should retire soon yes I really think so

kelechi john
kelechi john
15 days ago

ronaldo is not inform now but he will bounce back soon

Oluwatowo Ogunleye
Oluwatowo Ogunleye
15 days ago

No champion forever

UzomaComfort
UzomaComfort
15 days ago

Ronaldo will definitely bounce back. It’s just a matter of time

Abdulmumini yusuf
Abdulmumini yusuf
15 days ago

Ronaldo is getting old, that is the reason why

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
15 days ago

Ronald is Notin form right now but am sure he will get back to his best

Aremu lukmon
Aremu lukmon
15 days ago

All Juventus players played under average,not only Cristiano.but i expected More from him.

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
15 days ago

What u suppose know is that Ronaldo is get old he has to retire

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
15 days ago

He’s right

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
15 days ago

Barcelona have younger player that are coming up

Ruyinose success
Ruyinose success
15 days ago

Is true sha

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
15 days ago

We wish Mario Gotze well on his club

Peace Jackson
Peace Jackson
15 days ago

We all have our bad days…
Underperforming in one game doesn’t change the fact that he’s a legendary player…

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
15 days ago

Luca Toni was spot on, the performance of both teams was dismal most especially Ronaldo uninspiring display, just getting 1shot on target

Mohammed Nma madiwu
Mohammed Nma madiwu
15 days ago

C r7 is not the way you think him

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
15 days ago

Why this?

Bright John
Bright John
15 days ago

Slightly true for sure

Ezema Paul
Ezema Paul
15 days ago

Luca Toni is right, ronaldo needs to buckle up

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
15 days ago

2hours ago

Stephen Izebhokhale
Stephen Izebhokhale
15 days ago

Who is Luca Toni to criticize Ronaldo??!! Juventus had a bad outing, that’s all

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
15 days ago

He is right his performance was too ordinary

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
15 days ago

Oh no this is very unfortunate of cr7 but I guess this might be effect of luck down, he should improve more on his training

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
15 days ago

Cristiano Ronaldo should not be blamed as player for the loss

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
15 days ago

People should not blame Cristiano Ronaldo

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
15 days ago

That does not mean that Lucas should rate Ronaldo too low with his comment. Ronaldo remains a world best player

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
15 days ago

That statement is uncalled for.At the age of 35 Luca Toni should not expect Ronaldo to play like he is in his 20’s.when Luca Toni was in his 30’s, was he scoring goals line lewandowski?

Mark Daso Derefaka
Mark Daso Derefaka
15 days ago

Its one of those days history will look back to. Its not surprising

Mark Daso Derefaka
Mark Daso Derefaka
15 days ago

Its one of those days history will look back to

Grace Mark
Grace Mark
15 days ago

The long rest affected the entire team, ton win some and you loss some, that is the beauty of football.

Godwin
Godwin
15 days ago

Weak,Ronaldo is getting old

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
15 days ago

The 3 months break has affected them all

Anthony Akoh
Anthony Akoh
15 days ago

Yeah,CR7 was so ordinary as well as the entire team. The break has really affected him and his teammates but is just one of those bad moments in football. He will definitely bounce back.

adubi oluwafemi samuel
adubi oluwafemi samuel
15 days ago

Thanks foe this update

Sylvanus Eziyodawe
Sylvanus Eziyodawe
15 days ago

That was bad of ronaldo yesterday match, did he see what messi play

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
15 days ago

I advise this guy to hang the boots

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
15 days ago

Ronaldo is ordinary in dribbling because he has done a lot when he is young

Josbisco
Josbisco
15 days ago

Ronaldo is getting old so he can not play football as before again very soon the should retire him

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
15 days ago

Up Ronaldo

Chimeziri Joshua
Chimeziri Joshua
15 days ago

It doesn’t seem true oo

Anselem Raphael
Anselem Raphael
15 days ago

Luca Toni is just jealous of Ronaldo
Ronaldo is a good player

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
15 days ago

Luca Toni is at the point but Ronaldo is already old despite that. He is weak in performance