How media in Italy reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus career is up and running - although maybe not quite how he would have liked.

Ronaldo’s Juventus edged past Chievo 3-2 on Saturday evening thanks to a 93rd-minute winner from Federico Bernardeschi.

Meanwhile, the Portuguese superstar failed to get himself on the scoresheet.

But how did he play?

Well, we’ve taken a look at various Italian media outlets to see how they reacted to seeing Ronaldo represent Juventus for the first time.

Gazzetta dello Sport

Gazzetta’s headline was: “For Ronaldo goalless debut, decisive Bernardeschi in 93.”

They then added: "Cristiano, welcome to Italy, enthusiastic debut, never simple matches, decisions of referees argued.

"The rock stars welcome him, with hundreds of people just to see him from close up, he was escorted by the bodyguards and he could have thought that the tense matches in Spain were not really a habit”.


The Repubblica

They rated CR7 a 6.5 out of 10 and wrote: "He played well starting from the left and running towards the center, similar to what Dybala does, but in the other side."


Corriere dello Sport

Corriere dello Sport ignored Ronaldo in the headline, saying: “Bernardeschi saves Juve”.

They do add: “Until then, match dominated by the figure of Cristiano Ronaldo. The great protagonist of Verona.”


Il Messaggero

Il Messaggero lead with Massimiliano Allegri quotes when he said: “One can not think that Cristiano is enough to win a match”.

The report adds that Cristiano was “the most dangerous Juve player” and focused on his switch of position from centre-forward to the left wing during the second-half.


La Stampa

The Turin-based newspaper doesn’t include Ronaldo in their headline but says: “A debut with at least two goals at Juventus hasn’t happened since 1998, but this wasn’t expected from a side that still he has not found the right balance with Ronaldo in the field. The Portuguese did everything possible to make his mark, but quickly discovered that Serie A is not LaLiga.”


Il Giornale

The headline says: “Juve struggles to beat Chievo without a goal from CR7,”

In their match report, they state that Ronaldo “played honestly, having five shots to try and score his first goal in Serie A."


Massimiliano Allegri
Federico Bernardeschi
Paulo Dybala
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo

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