Cristiano Ronaldo takes 8 minutes to score first goal in Juventus shirt

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored just eight minutes after putting on the Juventus shirt in a traditional intimate pre-season friendly against the Juventus ‘B’ side on Sunday.Ronaldo, who was playing as the No.9, latched onto a looping pass over the midfield from Federico Bernardeschi and finished it off easily just eight minutes into the game. Ronaldo took one touch to control the ball and then casually slotted it past the goalkeeper into the left corner. Ten minutes later, he pressured Riccardo Capellini into an own-goal to make it 2-0 to the Bianconero.The senior team won the match 5-0 in the final pre-season friendly game before the Serie A season starts.Old Lady fans gathered in decent numbers to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at Villar Perosa — in a rural area of Piedmont in northern Italy and cheered him on as Ronaldo showed his full array of tricks and impressed on his Juve debut.Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game for Juventus = #UCL pic.twitter.com/DIHDMqOE5mUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 13, 2018Ronaldo stunned Madrid fans last month when he joined Juventus for an Italian league record sum of 112 million euros (now $128 million). The 33-year-old Portugal international will likely make his proper debut in Juve’s first league match of the season at Chievo Verona next Saturday.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Juventus after 9 years at Real MadridHe moved from Manchester United to Madrid in 2009, and became the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches. 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.advertisementRonaldo, who led Portugal to the European Championship in 2016, also won the Champions League at Manchester United as well as three Premier League titles and the FA Cup with the Red Devils.Juventus has won the last seven league titles but has fallen just short in Europe, also losing the Champions League final in 2015 to Barcelona.The storied Italian club hopes signing Ronaldo will help it add to the European Cups it won in 1985 and ’96. Juventus has lost five finals since its last European Cup success.Juventus will open their season against Chievo on Saturday at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.(With inputs from AP)last_img

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