Cristiano Ronaldo scores in first Juventus appearance

Justin GreeneAug 14, 2018

One of the biggest stories in sports this year is Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to play for Italian soccer club Juventus.

Thousands of Juventus fans arrived for the friendly against their U19 side in anticipation of watching Ronaldo make his first appearance and got what they came to see.

Juventus are more determined than ever to win the Champions League after signing Cristiano Ronaldo, according to head coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Ronaldo scored on his first run-out for his new club and afterwards he paid tribute to the fans who have made him feel welcome in his first month as a Juve player.

"It's a great club, first of all", Ronaldo said.

Ronaldo's arrival had sparked rumours that the match would be moved to the Allianz Stadium, but the club chose to stick with the traditional bucolic setting.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut was forced to be cut short after supporters stormed the pitch to mob him and his team-mates during their final pre-season friendly on Sunday.

Ronaldo was also instrumental in Juve's second goal, ten minutes later, as he pressured an unfortunate defender who directed the ball into his own net.

Not since 1995/96 have Juve won Europe's elite competition but with Ronaldo now in their ranks they've never had a better chance of ending that drought.

But after some supporters encroached prematurely in order to ensure they got close to Ronaldo, a full pitch invasion followed and the game was abandoned after 72 minutes.

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