Relieved Ronaldo says he needed to score from free kick – Reuters India

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TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo confessed that he was relieved to finally score from a free kick for Juventus on Saturday, after 42 failed attempts and nearly two years of trying.

Soccer Football – Serie A – Juventus v Torino – Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy – July 4, 2020 Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo shoots at goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The 35-year-old takes most of the Turin side’s free kicks but, despite that, he had failed to score from one until his curling effort in the 4-1 win over Torino.

“I needed to score from a free kick to get my confidence back,” he said.

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said he was surprised how much the problem had been bothering the five-times World Player of the Year.

“I honestly didn’t thi