Analysis: Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé are the Least Efficient Finishers at Euro 2024 - Plus, Two Premier League Players Included in the Rankings


Cristiano Ronaldo has been ranked as the most wasteful finisher at Euro 2024 based on xG, after again failing to find the back of the net for Portugal.

The legendary forward saw his penalty saved in extra-time of Portugal’s last-16 clash with Slovenia, as he went a fourth game at the tournament without finding the back of the net. 

Ronaldo was left in tears after his miss, though he managed to get some form of redemption, when he converted his spot-kick during their penalty shootout victory. 

Sofascore have revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is the biggest xG underperformer at the tournament with -2.75. 

Sofascore have revealed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the biggest xG underperformer at Euro 2024

Sofascore have revealed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the biggest xG underperformer at Euro 2024

Ronaldo has failed to score with 20 shots at the Euros, and he was left in tears during extra-time of Portugal's victory over Slovenia after he failed to beat Jan Oblak with his spot-kick

Ronaldo has failed to score with 20 shots at the Euros, and he was left in tears during extra-time of Portugal’s victory over Slovenia after he failed to beat Jan Oblak with his spot-kick

Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe rank as two of the biggest five underperformers

Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe rank as two of the biggest five underperformers

Kai Havertz makes the list despite scoring twice

Romelu Lukaku had three goals disallowed for offside

Arsenal’s Kai Havertz (left) and Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku (right) round out the top five

The top five also features a pair of French stars and a duo who are contracted to Premier League clubs. 

Antoine Griezmann ranks second in the list at -1.92, while his superstar team-mate Kylian Mbappe is in fifth with -1.54. 

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku – who had three goals disallowed in his opening two games at the tournament – ultimately failed to score and has an xG of -1.70.

Arsenal’s Kai Havertz has two goals at the tournament, yet still ranks fourth in the list with -1.60. 

Spain and Barcelona’s 16-year-old teenager Lamine Yamal, has been a star for Spain at this tournament and provided two assists, but he has failed to score and is among the top 10 biggest underperformers in terms of goals with an xG of -1.48.

The rest of the top 10 is made up of Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (-1.17), Croatia’s Bruno Petkovic (-1.08), Spanish midfielder Pedri (-1.06) and Turkey’s Orkun Kokcu (-0.96). 

Ronaldo looked like a man on the mission during Portugal’s last-16 clash with Slovenia, after failing to find the back of the net at the group stage. 

He failed to score with a number of free-kicks during the game, and also had a shot saved by Jan Oblak. 

Ronaldo would get some measure of redemption by scoring in the penalty shootout

Ronaldo would get some measure of redemption by scoring in the penalty shootout

Ronaldo had his extra-time penalty saved by Oblak in extra time on Monday night

Ronaldo had his extra-time penalty saved by Oblak in extra time on Monday night

His 69-year-old mother, Dolores Aveiro (top) was seen crying in the stands after Ronaldo's miss

His 69-year-old mother, Dolores Aveiro (top) was seen crying in the stands after Ronaldo’s miss

This sparked an emotional reaction from Ronaldo as he burst into tears while Roberto Martinez gave the team a pep talk

This sparked an emotional reaction from Ronaldo as he burst into tears while Roberto Martinez gave the team a pep talk

At half-time of extra-time, footage showed Ronaldo seeing his mother crying in the stands, which led to him also being in floods of tears as Roberto Martinez gave his players a pep talk during the interval. 

Ronaldo was consoled by seven of his team-mates, including penalty shootout hero Diogo Costa, Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota – who all gave him words of encouragement as the game went into the second-half of extra-time. 

And despite him making amends for his penalty miss by scoring in the shootout, Portuguese media have questioned whether he should be dropped from the starting XI ahead of their quarter-final clash with France on Friday.

Diogo Jota was among the Portugal players seen trying to console the legendary forward

Diogo Jota was among the Portugal players seen trying to console the legendary forward

Ronaldo (pictured with Pepe after the win) will hope to end his drought in front of goal in the quarter-finals against France

Ronaldo (pictured with Pepe after the win) will hope to end his drought in front of goal in the quarter-finals against France

One Portuguese publication, Publico, gave him a brutal 4/10 rating as they questioned his international future. 

Meanwhile, the BBC were labelled a ‘disgrace’ by ex-England captain John Terry, after they used a mocking caption to describe Ronaldo’s penalty miss, which said: ‘Misstiano Penaldo.

Ronaldo, who appeared to apologise to the Portugal fans at the Frankfurt Arena after their shootout win, wrote on Instagram: ‘Inexplicable moments. Let’s give it our all. Thank you.’



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