Cristiano Ronaldo’s Serie A debut for Juventus ended in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Chievo, courtesy of a stoppage-time goal from substitute Federico Bernardeschi. All eyes were on the Portugal captain following his £99million summer transfer from Real Madrid – but it needed a team effort from the defending champions to secure three points in Verona.
With his former side suffering a crushing defeat in the European Super Cup to neighbours Atletico Madrid, spectators around the globe were eagerly waiting to see how the 33-year-old fared with his new side.
So how did he get on?
Check out the scouting report of Cristiano Ronaldo below.
Ronaldo, , was all smiles as he walked out with a young girl mascot, doing some quick squat jumps as he took to the pitch. There were, though, times when he showed some frustration, notably after Chievo had equalised and then taken the lead early in the second half.
However, the Portugal forward quickly regained focus – as he always did for Los Blancos. It looked as though Ronaldo would endure more disappointment after eventually being penalised in the build-up to Mario Mandzukic’s late header after a Video Assistant Referee review. The final whistle, however, brought jubilant celebrations with the rest of his team-mates after a hard-earned victory.
Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri deployed Ronaldo as an out-and-out central striker, while looking to bring others into the match.
The introduction of first Federico Bernardeschi, who would score the winning goal, and then Mandzukic said much about the need for Juve still to find the way to get the best out of their new talisman.
While Ronaldo was not able to mark his Juve debut with a goal, it was not for the want of trying. The first real opening came on 19 minutes, when he dragged a shot wide from just inside the penalty area after being picked out by Paulo Dybala.
More opportunities came as the game opened up, including a neat shot on the turn and trademark free-kick, which flew in at an angle from the left, but both times Ronaldo found Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in top form.