Struggling to recover from a knee injury, and starting the campaign on a terrible note against the Germans, the Portuguese ranks as the poorest performing forward in Brazil
By Bhas Kunju | Chief Editor, Goal Singapore
Portugal were sent packing from the World Cup, after failing to impress and no one came under the spotlight more than captain and star player, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Visibly crestfallen and dismayed after the 4-0 rout at the hands of Germany in their opening match, the Real Madrid star appeared resigned to his fate after a 2-2 draw with USA left his team on the verge of exit, telling reporters that Portugal were an average side with little chance of winning the tournament.
On the personal front, Ronaldo chased an elusive first World Cup goal and eventually found the net in the 2-1 win over Ghana in the final Group Stage game.
But Ronaldo was also guilty of passing on several key chances to add to his tally and possibly send Portugal through to the next round on goal difference.
Now, the missed goal scoring opportunities has handed the forward a dubious honour.
With 22 attempts to his name, Ronaldo has tried to score more times than any other player at the World Cup this year following the completion of the Group Stage. He just narrowly edges France's Karim Benzema, who has 21 attempts from as many games.
However, having converted just once from the 22 attempts, the 29-year-old has statistically the worst conversion record.
Benzema, in comparison, has already managed to find the net three times.
Even Asamoah Gyan, of the much-maligned Ghana side, who comes in third on the attempts list with 17 tries, has two goals to his name.
Ronaldo was already under heavy scrutiny prior to the start of the World Cup as he fought to recover in time from a knee injury that occured at the end of the club season.
Real Madrid legend, Raul, has come out in support of the Portuguese star, stating that his exertions for Los Blancos had taken too much out of the forward