Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Juventus on his friendly debut

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

The Agnelli family, who own the Serie A champions, own an estate in Villar Perosa and have invited the teams to play a friendly every year since 1955.

Almost 5,000 fans crammed into the compact "Gaetano Scirea" stadium in Villar Perosa at the foot of the Italian Alps, as supporters descended on the small town in order to catch a glimpse of the superstar attacker in his first appearance since signing for 100 million euros ($117 million) a month ago.

Such is the enthusiasm for Ronaldo's debut, that special security measures have been drafted in the town for the match, including a complete ban on the sale of alcohol from Saturday.

The 33-year-old was brought off at half-time, but not before one over-affectionate fan ran on to the pitch and locked him in a hug which required the help of two stewards to get out of.

But minutes later a huge swarm of fans invaded the pitch and the game was subsequently abandoned.

Ronaldo could be set to make his competitive debut for Juventus next week when the Serie A gets underway.

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New signing Emre Can also starts in midfield, with Leonardo Bonucci returning at centre-back after his brief spell at Milan.

Ronaldo proved good value for the hype, scoring in the 10th minute with a neat finish after breaking a loose offside trap and closing in on goal completely unmarked.

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.

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

Ronaldo didn't take part in the club's tour of the United States following his appearance at the World Cup, but took part in training last week with other squad members in Turin.

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