Cristiano Ronaldo did not make fans wait long as he took to the field for his first game with Juventus. In fact, they waited a mere eight minutes on Sunday before the star footballer scored his first goal during a friendly pre-season match against Juventus “B” side.
As usual, Ronaldo was poised and confident as he picked up a pass from Federico Bernardeschi. He then cushioned the ball before sending it past the goal into the left corner. Ronaldo was not done, and ten minutes later scored his second after forcing goaltender Riccardo Capellini into his own net to give his side a 2-0 lead.
Those that were in attendance for the friendly game came to watch the star at Villar Perosa. This is a rural part of Northern Italy, and many held signs welcoming the star to Juventus F.C, and one even went so far as to paint his face with CR& on it. This was meant to reference Ronaldo’s jersey number he made famous while playing with the Real Madrid.
Many fans were shocked when Ronaldo chose to join the Italian league for an estimated €112 million. In terms of Canadian dollars, that is equal to $167 million. It is expected that Ronaldo will make his debut during Juventus first regular season match on Saturday when it visits Chievo Verona.
In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United and joined the Real Madrid. In his time at Madrid, he became the clubs all-time scorer. This included 451 goals during 438 matches, and helped the Spanish franchise to win Champions Leagues titles, with one of those being against Juventus. Ronaldo’s time with the Real Madrid also saw him helping the club twice win the Copa del Rey and the La Liga once. During the 2016 European Championship, Ronaldo helped Portugal win the title and also was on hand with Manchester when they won the Premier League three times.
The decision to move to Juventus was one that Ronaldo felt was time to make. He felt he had made all the achievements that were possible for him with the Real Madrid and needed something new to maintain his motivation.
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. The decision to move to Juventus was one that Ronaldo felt was time to make. He felt he had made all the achievements that were possible for him with the Real Madrid and needed something new to maintain his motivation.
As the new season gets underway, it is one that will have many eyes on Juventus to see if their investment pays off. While few punters will question the validity of the move, or the undeniable skills of Ronaldo, what will most be prevalent is the support he gets from the club and teammates. This will especially be seen by the odds set by leading Canadian sportsbooks which offer soccer betting, both traditional as well as in-play. This will be ideal for those interested in registering with sports betting sites offering free bets, and those who enjoy mobile sports betting. Why not check out our list of respected Canadian sportsbooks and claim one of the lucrative welcome bonus offers before the start of the 2019 football season.