When Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009, he was about dribbling, long shots, running at defenders and dribbling. But all that has changed and the 31 year old is still one of the deadliest players in the world.
Ronaldo can no longer run at defenders like he used to because of his age, the Portuguese is not as agile and fit owing to a slight knee problem and whenever he is on the pitch, he is the most marked player for his team. All these have forced Ronaldo to change his style of play to suit his main desire, to score goals and win games, Ronaldo has become more of a box player/one touch player, scoring from inside the box and with his first touch more often than not. These stats, produced by Opta represent how much Ronaldo played that role this season.
While he does not contribute to as many phases of the game as he used to three years ago, Ronaldo is still one of the most effective players on the field. It’s true; legends don’t retire, they simply reinvent themselves.