Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined from Real Madrid on a record fee, won the best player in the Italian Serie A, after helping the Turin giants to the League win, but the Portugal captain has now received a piece of bad news from after receiving the end of the season award.
Despite being named Player of the Year in his debut campaign in Italian football, Cristiano Ronaldo has now missed out on a spot in the team of the season. The Portuguese superstar proved his abilities extend to any of Europe’s top leagues, after flourishing following his £100million move from Real Madrid last summer.
Ronaldo scored 21 goals in 30 league matches this season and picked up eight assists along the way, but his stats alone have not been enough to get him into the best XI of the division. Juventus have two representatives in the form of full-back Joao Cancelo and midfielder Miralem Pjanic, but Ronaldo will be left aiming for the honour next season.
After securing Champions League football for the first time in the club’s history on the final day of the season, Atalanta have been rewarded by having two of their men lead the forward line. Duvan Zapata and Josip Ilicic take up two positions of the front three, and are joined by Napoli’s Dries Mertens.
Interesting, the league’s top goalscorer Fabio Quagliarella was also not afforded a spot in the lineup, despite hitting three more league goals than Zapata and finishing the campaign on 26 strikes. The veteran Sampdoria forward, 36, out-scored Ronaldo who finished the fourth campaign without being the top scorer in the division.
Despite scoring 28 goals in all competitions, Ronaldo actually finished the season with his worst strike record in a decade. After setting ridiculously high standards for the entirety of his career, Ronaldo’s offerings this season were a far cry from his 61 strikes for Real Madrid in the 2014-15 campaign.