Every club wants a player that can work the best under pressure. Those players are often a match-deciding factor, whether it is by saving or scoring goals. Hard games require the strongest wills and the best leaders to guide the team to victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of those individuals that can be the deciding factor in a game. There were a lot of games where his performance led to a goal which made Juventus come out victorious. One of those examples is the Champions League rematch vs. Atletico Madrid, where he single-handedly destroyed the team. He scored a vital hat-trick which led Juventus to the next knockout stage with a final aggregate score of 3-2 (Juventus lost the first match 2-0).
Players like him are fan favorites, and everybody wants to see him play. That is why Juventus were a subject of criticism lately after Ronaldo was benched in a friendly game and he wasn’t substituted on.
Ronaldo’s Odds for Next Season
There were a lot of doubts when it came to Ronaldo succeeding in Serie A. but, he proved them all wrong. Let’s check out some of his odds for next season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the favorites when it comes to being the top goal-scorer in the Champions League next season. His odds are 33/5. He is also the number one contender to be the top goal-scorer in Serie A with odds coming at 13/8. As far as Ballon d’Or, he is in the top 4, and his odds are 12/1.
A lot of the games which had Ronaldo score, had 2 goals on average. That is a good sign that you can bet on certain games on over/under total goals, depending if he is in the starting XI or not. These types of bets can be profitable and there are a lot of articles that can help you if you want to learn how to bet on over/under betting and boost your winnings. For example, Juventus have a friendly match with Atletico Madrid coming up. The odds for under 1.5 goals are 11/4, and the odds for over 1.5 goals 1/4.
Since we mentioned that every game that had Ronaldo in the starting team featured 2 goals on average, the closest odds are over/under 2.5 goals. The odds for under 2.5 goals are 1/1, while the odds for the game to have over 2.5 goals are 4/5.
Without any further ado, let’s take a look at Ronaldo’s 2018/2019 season by the numbers and see just how much he contributed for Juventus.
During the summer of 2018, Ronaldo completed an unexpected move from Real Madrid to Juventus for €100 million, the highest fee ever for a player over 30. In his first season, he managed to score 28 goals and assist another 10 in the total of 43 games he played. He played, scored, and assisted in Serie A, Champions League, Supercoppa Italiana, and Coppa Italia.
During the Champions League, Ronaldo played 9 matches and all of them were in the starting team. He was not substituted on or off. He had one suspension by a red card against BSC Young Boys. He scored 6 goals and assisted 2.
In the Serie A, Ronaldo was dominating as a player who is having a debut season. He played a total of 32 matches. He was in the starting XI in 30 out of the 32 matches. He was substituted on once, against Atalanta, on December 26, 2018, in the 65th minute of the match. He was substituted off once as well, against Fiorentina in the 80th minute of the match on December 1, 2018.
He missed the remaining 6 matches against Empoli, Cagliari, and Milan from March 17 – April 6, 2019 due to hamstring injury, and was rested in the matches against Genoa, SPAL, and Sampdoria in the second half of the season. He scored 21 goals and assisted another 8.
When it comes to Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana, Cristiano Ronaldo was in the squad for a total of 3 matches in the 2 competitions. He was in the starting XI for the Supercoppa Italiana and scored the deciding goal against Milan. As far as Coppa Italia, he played the two matches. He was substituted on in the first game against Bologna in the 62nd minute and played the full 90 minutes against Atalanta.