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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo scores goal vs. U20s in first appearance

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Cassandra Castillo | 12 August, 2018, 23:31

Juventus started life with Cristiano Ronaldo as they will hope to continue it, as the Portuguese scored early in a 5-0 win over the club's B team in a traditional inter-squad friendly in Villar Perosa on Sunday afternoon.

Juventus fans gathering to watch the five-time Ballon d'Or victor at Villar Perosa - in a rural area of Piedmont in northern Italy - held up banners.

Used to imposing arenas such as the Camp Nou, Old Trafford and the Bernabeu, current Ballon d'Or holder Ronaldo will take his first steps in black and white stripes at the town's compact ground, named after notoriously brutal Italy centre-back Gaetano Scirea.

Come the half-time whistle, Ronaldo shot off the pitch - followed by one ambitious fan who had to be held off by security after dashing towards and trying to hug his new hero - and towards delirous fans waiting near the dressing rooms, for whom he patiently signed autographs and posed for selfies.

That could mean Ronaldo gets even more up close and personal with Juve fans.

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

Admittedly, no one bothered to defend.

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The decision to deprive themselves of a proven Serie A goalscorer and in particular to swap Caldara, 24, for 31-year-old Bonucci has left some question marks over Juventus despite Ronaldo's proven prowess.

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

It was Ronaldo's prowess in Europe that caused Juventus to splash a club record fee, as they look to put two lost finals in the last four years behind them and try for European glory for the first time since 1996.

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

Ronaldo ended his nine-year stay in Madrid this summer after a historically dominant period at the club.

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