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Why Ronaldo Must Stop Taking Free-Kicks

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was once known for his superb free-kick ability, but recent statistics show otherwise. Here's why the Portuguese star should give up his dead-ball duties.

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The 30-year-old has one of the world's most famous stances when he's getting ready to take a free-kick, which has been mimicked by young and fellow sportsmen across the globe.

However, Ronaldo has been anything but spectacular from dead-ball situations in recent seasons, in contrast to what fans saw so much of during his time with the Red Devils and earlier in his Los Blancos career.

The Real talisman has scored just two free-kicks from his past 89 attempts, a record that could see Rafael Benitez give the responsibility to someone else.

Ronaldo's record means he has just over a 2% success rate from those 89 tries, and yet he still proceeds to line up for almost every free-kick.

Relieving the forward from his duties and replacing him with either Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez may be a good option for the boss – both have proven more than capable from outside the area.

The Portugal captain scored six free-kicks from 45 efforts in his first season at Real, which is a 13.3% success, but in the 2014/15 campaign, he converted just two chances from 52 attempts – a success rate of 4%.

Though his free-kicks have been poor, Ronaldo is still more than handy on spot-kick duty, and he'd have to go through a serious crisis to have the penalties taken away from him.

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Ronaldo has played 11 games this season and he's scored as many goals, while he’s assisted a further two strikes.

Do you think that, once Rodriguez and Bale are fit, Ronaldo should step away from free-kick duty? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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