Ronaldo has hit that mark in eight straight seasons, passing 50 six times and 60 twice. But having swapped Madrid for Turin this summer, he’s failed to score in his first three Serie A appearances.
Albiol says the defensive nature of Serie A will make it difficult for Ronaldo to reach his usual prolific level.
“Cristiano’s a great player with tremendous quality, but in Italy it’ll be harder for him to score 40 goals,” the former Spain international told AS.
“Also, I hope he doesn’t because it would be good for Juventus but bad for Napoli.”
Nonetheless, Albion is backing his ex-colleague to get over his slow start to life in Italy, as he did with Madrid last season.
“He also started slowly with Madrid last season,” said Albiol.
“He didn’t score goals at the start of the campaign, yet he finished up again with some mindboggling numbers.
“If Cristiano has spent his entire career scoring bags of goals every season, it’s not by chance.”
Ronaldo and Messi have both won the prize five times, but the Barcelona and Argentina forward was overlooked on this occasion, with Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah in contention.
Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi had featured in the top three for 11 straight years. He was runner-up in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009.
The shortlists were announced by football’s world governing body on Monday and the award ceremony is scheduled to take place on September 24 at Royal Festival Hall in London.
Messi’s subsequent wins came in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, while Ronaldo won the title in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The award was first introduced as the FIFA World player of the year prize (1991-2009), before becoming the Ballon d’Or (2010-15) and subsequently part of FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards.
Ronaldo won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid in 2017-18, finishing as top scorer in the competition and had Modric as a team-mate. The Portuguese moved to Juventus in the summer after nine years in Madrid.
Modric helped Croatia to the World Cup final, won by France, while Salah’s goals propelled Liverpool to the Champions League final.
There is some consolation for Messi as his Russia 2018 goal versus Nigeria makes the list of 10 nominees for the Puskas Award for best goal.
Ronaldo also features, for his overhead kick for Real against new team Juventus.
Wales forward Gareth Bale’s acrobatic effort for Real in the Champions League final is another on the list.
Three more World Cup goals feature: Denis Cheryshev for Russia v Croatia, Benjamin Pavard, for France v Argentina and Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal v Iran.
Salah’s strike in last December’s Merseyside derby also makes the shortlist, with FIFA.com users voting for the winner.
Norway and Lyon’s Ada Hegenrberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan, of Germany and Lyon, and Marta, of Brazil and Orlando Pride, have been shortlisted for the women’s prize. Marta has won it on five occasions.
The men’s coach prize features former Real boss Zinedine Zidane, France’s World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps and beaten finalist Zlatko Dalic, of Croatia. Pep Guardiola of Manchester City was not shortlisted.
Holland’s Sarina Wigman, Lyon’s Reynald Pedros and Asako Takakura of Japan are in contention for the women’s coach prize.
The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France’s Hugo Lloris, Denmark and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel and Belgium and Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Chelsea.
Cristiano Ronaldo may be struggling to open his account for Juventus but his son is having no such struggles.
Like his father, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. switched academy clubs this summer from Real Madrid to Juventus, and he’s hit the ground running in his new team.
Ronaldo has failed to score in his opening three games for the Old Lady, but his son scored four times on debut for Juventus’ U9 side.
The eight-year-old is looking to follow in his dad’s footsteps and embark upon a successful football career.