Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ronaldo set to begin Italian adventure in intimate alpine friendly

Ronaldo set to begin Italian adventure in intimate alpine friendly

The first team then had a goal ruled out for offside before the Portuguese was again involved as they did double their lead thanks to an own goal by the B team's goalkeeper.

Cristiano Ronaldo in his first outing for Juventus.

"The fans after the overhead kick?"

Cristiano Ronaldo did not disappoint as he pulled on a Juventus shirt for the first time, scoring in the team's annual friendly against the club's youth side.

Cesare Bertoncello, from Turin, who was pointed out to AFP by security as being the first person to arrive in the queue to get into the ground at 0900 (0700 GMT) recalled the dominating presence of the Agnellis in years passed.

In fact, it took just eight minutes.

His domestic form last season - despite scoring 26 goals in La Liga - was below the nearly superhuman levels that had characterised his time in Spain as Madrid finished third behind local rivals Atletico and a whole 17 points behind champions Barcelona.

"In the Champions League against Juve, a quarter-final, you score a goal and see everyone in the stadium applaud you".

You can't help but be excited at Ronaldo's arrival in the Italian capital.

The chants of "Cristiano, Cristiano" had barely died down when the five-times Ballon d'Or victor provoked Juve's second by forcing the unfortunate youth team defender Riccardo Cappellini to poke past his own goalkeeper three minutes later.

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.

The Agnelli family have run Juventus for almost 100 years and chairman Andrea Agnelli was instrumental in securing the funds required to pluck Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Ronaldo tries to keep the ball up for his teammate but mis-controls the ball leaving him red-faced and his opponents in stitches.

Ronaldo will make his first appearance for the Serie A champions.

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