Ronaldo makes Juventus fans wait only 8 minutes for 1st goal

Back at Juve, heart is here - Bonucci - English

Back at Juve, heart is here - Bonucci - English

The Cristiano Ronaldo era at Juventus is off to a superb start. "I have to say thank you to all of them for the support".

Cristiano Ronaldo collects the ball from the goal in his first game for Juventus.

Chants of "Ronaldo, bring us the Champions (League)" filled the air as supporters worked their way through a locked-down mountain town in which 600 police officers were called to a place with a population of just over 4,000 and road blocks stopped anyone entering without a match ticket or proof of residence.

Massimo Savelli from near Siena, some 450 kilometres to the south east, got up at 0600 to be in Villar Perosa for the first time in decades of supporting his team.

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.

You can't help but be excited at Ronaldo's arrival in the Italian capital.

Admittedly, he was playing against Juve's youth team in a pre-season friendly.

After the game, fans at the game, who had come in their numbers to catch a glimpse of their new number 7, flooded onto the pitch.

As is custom, the game was interrupted in the second half for a pitch invasion and the game ended with Juventus picking up a comfortable win.

Although Ronaldo stated there was no specific moment that made his choice for him, he did reiterate his appreciation for Juve's fans after they applauded his overhead kick in Turin last season.

Juventus, though, have signed Ronaldo not to cement their domestic dominance, after winning seven straight league titles, but to boost their global profile and bag their first Champions League triumph in over two decades.

Ronaldo, who joined the Serie A champions last month in a deal worth a £100million, made the ideal start to life in Turin.

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