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

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"Regarding [Cristiano] Ronaldo, I can say that we have bought a great player on the pitch, but above all, I was told that he is a superb professional, and that is certainly the case".

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Cristiano Ronaldo did not disappoint his fans as he scored within eight minutes into his Juventus debut game - a friendly between the club's senior team and the team "B".

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

There should be more fans at the match than the entire population of Villar Perosa, with the 5,000 tickets available long-since sold out and even more supporters desperate to try and catch a glimpse of their new idol. "It's normal that Ronaldo brings quality and worldwide experience".

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The town's bars and restaurants were heaving with fans and media hours before the match's 1700 (11pm Singapore time), with fans in replica kits wrapped in scarves and flags arriving to see the five-times Ballon d'Or victor take part in one of Italian football's most curious traditions.

The game, between Juventus A and Juventus B, is played yearly in the town of Villar Perosa outside of Turin.

Ronaldo proved good value for the hype, scoring in the 10th minute with a neat finish after breaking a loose offside trap and closing in on goal completely unmarked.

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

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The 33-year-old was brought off at half-time, but not before one over-affectionate fan ran on to the pitch and locked him in a hug which required the help of two stewards to get out of.

Ronaldo formed a front three alongside Dybala and Douglas Costa, a trident that will surely produce plenty more goals as the Serie A season gets underway.

There were changes at the break as Ronaldo was withdrawn.

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