Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo scores on Juventus debut, but his side falls 3-2

Returning Bonucci accepts Juventus jeers Returning Bonucci accepts Juventus jeers
Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2018, 23:32

Villar Perosa is the fiefdom of the powerful Agnelli family, the founders of Fiat and the clout behind Juve, who bought their family estate there - nicknamed "The Castle" - in the mid-19th century and established the annual pre-season friendly in the town.

After the game, fans at the game, who had come in their numbers to catch a glimpse of their new number 7, flooded onto the pitch.

It has become a tradition down the years for fans to storm onto the pitch, marking an end to the match.

Admittedly, no one bothered to defend.

Ronaldo will make his first official appearance for Juventus on Saturday when they open their Serie A campaign at Chievo Verona.

The decision to deprive themselves of a proven Serie A goalscorer and in particular to swap Caldara, 24, for 31-year-old Bonucci has left some question marks over Juventus despite Ronaldo's proven prowess.

However Juve's closest recent challengers - Napoli and Roma - have sold important players this summer, and Napoli have to adapt to new coach Carlo Ancelotti following talismanic Maurizio Sarri's departure and subsequent move to Chelsea. He helped Madrid win four Champions Leagues titles - beating Juventus in the final in 2017 - and also won La Liga and the Copa del Rey twice.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that it won't be the last goal Ronaldo scores for Juventus.

Interest in Juve and in Italian football has spiked following Ronaldo's arrival.

Ronaldo, who joined Juve from Real Madrid last month, began preseason training on July 30 and did not participate in any of the International Champions Cup games in the United States.