On August 12, Cristiano Ronaldo did what Cristiano Ronaldo does the best. The Portugese superstar has scored uncountable number of goals for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Portugal in the past. And he continued his habit of scoring by getting a goal on his unofficial debut for his new club Juventus.
The 33-year-old took the field for the first time as a Juve player following his record-breaking 104 million pound move from Real Madrid in July. But following the transfer, he decided to not join his teammates in their pre-season tour.
Ronaldo needed only eight minutes to make his mark for the Italy giants. Against Juve's Primeravera youths, he opened the scoring with a calm finish. Federico Bernadeschi found him free in the attacking half, and the Portugese calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper, under no pressure whatsoever.
He also had a minor role to play in the second goal. A low cross came in from the wing, which was put into his own net by Riccardo Capellini under Ronaldo's presence. After that, it was the chance of Paulo Dybala to shine.
The Juve prodigy scored two goals, which also included a tap-in after opposition goalkeeper spilled an effort by Ronaldo. Claudio Marchisio also got himself on the scoresheet, as the Seria A giants won the match 5-0.
While this was the unofficial debut for CR7, his official debut will come against Chievo Verona in his side's opening fixture of Seria A on August 18. Ronaldo signed with Juventus from Real Madrid for a reported fee of 104 million pounds.
The Portugese skipper spent nine years at the Spanish capital, but decided to end his association with them after leading the club to three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles. Prior to that, he enjoyed six successful seasons at Manchester United, the club with whom he won his first Ballon d'Or.
He made an instant impact upon his arrival at the Turin club. Within the first 24 hours of Ronaldo's official unveiling ceremony, a total of 5,20,000 jerseys of CR7 had already been sold, which amounted up to 54 million euro.