Highlight reel of Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus home debut v Lazio shows adapting to Italy won't be easy


Cristiano Ronaldo has gotten off to a perfect start in Italy for Juventus, with the Serie A champions victorious in both their opening games of the 2018/19 season.

Their has been so much hype and pressure surrounding Ronaldo's £99 million move to the Italian capital, who wants to win the UEFA Champions League with a third different club.

Ronaldo made his home debut for Juve against Lazio yesterday evening at the Allianz Stadium after drawing a blank in the 3-2 defeat of Chievo Verona in the first weekend of the campaign.

As you can imagine, fans were clamouring to see the Portuguese icon notch his first goal in the famous black-and-white colours, and he came so close in the 75th minute.

His international team-mate Joao Cancelo drilled a cross across the box for what looked like it would be a simple finish.

Lazio stopper Thomas Strakosha got a fingertip to the ball though, forcing it to deflect off Ronaldo's heel and into the path of Mario Mandzukic, who made no mistake to make it 2-0 after Miralem Pjanic's first-half opener..

Footage seemed to show that Ronaldo was furious that he didn't finish the game off himself, but another angle showed he was delighted for his new forward partner.

Cristiano Ronaldo played in his home debut for Juventus vs Lazio.

A highlight reel has now emerged of his performance, which you can watch below.

Apart from the aforementioned fluke assist, a good long-range strike that tested Strakosha and a few flick-ons, the package doesn't seem to show us too much above-ordinary about Ronaldo's performance.

There seemed to be quite a few instances where Lazio defenders were just one step quicker to the ball than the 33-year-old was, something which may or may not be of concern to Juve fans.

Of course we are only two games into the 2018/19 season, so perhaps Ronaldo is lacking a sharpness which he may find in the coming weeks.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Mario Mandzukic's goal.

But with stats like having only one touch in the opposition box in the first half, it does seem particularly unproductive.

Neutral football fans will be hoping the five-time Ballon d'Or winner gets back to his best soon, as it could be the most competitive Champions League's in recent memory.

A fully-gunning Ronaldo up against the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and former club Real Madrid is a sight that many will be salivating at already.

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