Cristiano Ronaldo believes Serie A is harder than La Liga to score in due to the teams focus on the defensive side of things.
The Portuguese forward spent nine years playing his football for Real Madrid in La Liga, where he managed a stunning 311 goals and 95 assists in just 292 league games in Spain.
Last summer, Ronaldo then shocked the entire football world by choosing to make a €112m transfer to Serie A champions Juventus.
Despite needing a few games to adapt to the demands of Italian football, Ronaldo has well and truly overcome his initial struggles and sits in second place in the scoring charts behind Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella on 19 goals in 26 games.
And the five-time Ballon d’Or winner admits that the Serie A has proven to be a more difficult league for him to find the net in compared to La Liga and even the Premier League.
“I’ve adapted to the Italian league and it’s a difficult league – the most difficult one for all forwards,” Ronaldo told DAZN.
“It’s the most difficult league for me, it’s full of quality players. I didn’t expect this much quality in the Italian league, they’re very good.
“Things are going well, in my opinion. It’s harder to score in the Italian league than in the Spanish league. The Spanish league is more open, the teams risk more. Here, not so much.
“Here, the team’s priority is to defend first, and then to attack. That’s not true for Spain. Spanish games are more open. The English league, where I played for five years [with Manchester United], is the same.
“It’s harder to score in the Italian league, in my opinion.”
The 34-year-old announced in January that he plans to return to international duty for Portugal this year and now Ronaldo has explained why he hasn’t featured for the national team since their last-16 World Cup exit in June to Uruguay.
“There was a whole process,” he said.
“I was adjusting to a new team, so I talked to the coach [Fernando Santos], as well as the president [of the Portuguese federation, Fernando Gomes] and I felt that I needed a break from the national team.
“It’s a new country, a new culture, a big change for my family and my children. So I wanted to take it easy, to train, and to focus, so I could get a running start in the team.
“The World Cup ended, the national team was playing again in two months and it was all too quick for me.
“I spoke to the coach, he understood what I was saying and also what I wanted to do.”
Ronaldo has scored a record 85 goals in 154 appearances for Portugal along with 37 assists.
And now the Juventus star is raring to go again for Portugal ahead of the inaugural Nations League Finals this summer, which they will host.
Ronaldo added: “But, as I said, this year is a different concept. I’m now used to the Italian league, to the culture, to the league itself… I hope to contribute to the national team in the coming games, also because I miss it. It’s my home.”