Cristiano Ronaldo will make his much anticipated Serie A debut for Juventus who open their campaign for an eight straight Italian league tittle on Saturday against a somber backdroap of country in mourning following the Genoa bridge disaster.
He is the Five time Ballon d’Or winner was the star of the summer season arriving amid great pomp and ceremony following a 100 million euro ($117 million) deal from Real Madrid.
But it could be a low key start for the 33 year old Portuguese superstar against minnows Chievo in Verona’s stadio Bentegodi on Saturday on a day of Nation mourning for the victims of the Morandi bridge tradegy in the north-western port city.
The emotional impact of disaster has led to the postponement of Serie A games involving local teams Sampdoria and Geona who has been due to open their campaign against Fiorentina and AC Milan.
But all other games will go ahead starting on Saturday- the day of the 38 victims funerals—with last season’s top two teams Juventus and Napoli in action.
A minute’s silence will be held before each match with the players taking to the pitch wearing black armbands.
Much is expected of Ronaldo’s presence in the Italian league this season after the low of Italy missing out on qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.
Cristiano Ronaldo, he is going to raise the level of the Championship, said Italian football legend Dino Zoff.
Everyone can benefits, with Cristiano Ronaldo all eye will be on us and Serie A can regain gournd, his purchase will result in the arrival of other big names to Seire A.
Khedira posted in Instagram, “I can’t wait to start the new season, and its also fantastic to be able to play with Cristiano Ronaldo again after the time we shared together at Real Madrid.”
“Despite the excitement for the new season though , this was one of the most difficult summers of my career”
“after a good season at Juventus in which I scored nine goals, I played my two worst games at the World Cup and it was awful”
A Cristiano Ronaldo takes centre stage at his new team the surprise could be in defence with Andrea Barzagli and new signing Joao Cancelo vying for the role of right back, reported by worldsoccertalk.