Love him or hate him, you have to respect him. Cristiano Ronaldo will quite rightly go down as one of the greatest footballers of all-time but he has failed to inspire confidence since completing his jaw-dropping move to Juventus this summer. In fact, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has yet to open his account for the Italian champions and fans are starting to have second thoughts on whether Ronaldo can cut it in Serie A.
First of all, of course, Ronaldo is capable of holding his own in Italy’s top flight. Any doubts over his ability to perform in Serie A are ludicrous; the Portuguese is coming off the back of a 15-goal Champions League campaign – a tally that includes that sensational overhead kick against Juve. At Real Madrid, the squad was built around Ronaldo but things are very different at Juventus. It was always going to take time for the 33-year-old to adjust to his new surroundings…
After spending £100 million, you can understand why Juventus would want an instant return on their investment; especially with Ronaldo entering the twilight years of his career. As a marketing strategy, signing the Portugal legend was a no-brainer. Juventus sold more shirts on the day that Ronaldo was unveiled as they did throughout the entire 2017/18 campaign. He is more than a footballer, he is a brand.
Once Ronaldo hits top form, and chances are Juve won’t have to find too long before that happens, the former Real Madrid star will run riot. What is scary for the rest of Italy’s top flight is that Juventus have won all three of their matches so far with Ronaldo struggling for goals. The Old Lady, now 1/3 in Serie A Betting odds for the title, will surely coast to an eighth successive Italian crown once he gets back to his brilliant best.
Ronaldo notched an assist and was named Man of the Match in Juve’s 2-0 victory over Lazio back in August and it would be foolish to write the Portuguese off just yet. Knowing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, he will bounce back with a brace on his return following the brief international break. A home fixture against Sassuolo is the ideal opportunity to get off the mark in front of an expectant Juventus Stadium.
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With Gonzalo Higuain departing on loan to AC Milan, Ronaldo will have free reign as Juve’s main man in attack for the entire 2018/19 season. WhoScored figures show that Ronaldo notched 26 goals in 27 La Liga appearances during the previous campaign; it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him record a similar average for the Old Lady once he gets going.
Cristiano Ronaldo still has plenty to give and you have to commend him for taking on a new challenge at this stage of his career. The Portuguese could quite easily have stayed at Real Madrid for the remainder of his playing days but Ronaldo likes to push himself to the limit – and Juventus will reap rewards from that commitment in the very near future. Watch this space, Ronaldo WILL light up Serie A in the coming months.