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

Cristiano Ronaldo

With just a week to go until the Serie A season kicks off, Ronaldo will have wanted to work off the rustiness on the field, and he had the chance to do so against the Juve B-team.

This is Juve's traditional curtain raiser but Ronaldo's presence made it a far more attractive affair than usual.

After being given an extended break due to his exploits at the World Cup, Juventus fans were able to witness the first glimpse of the 33-year-old in action wearing the famous black and white strip.

The match was called off after 72 minutes due to the annual tradition of fans running onto the pitch.

Just five thousand fans were packed into the stadium in Villar Perosa, an estate owned by the Agnelli family which has hosted the friendly since 1955.

Cesare Bertoncello, from Turin, who was pointed out to AFP by security as being the first person to arrive in the queue to get into the ground at 0900 (0700 GMT) recalled the dominating presence of the Agnellis in years passed.

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Massimo Savelli from near Siena, some 450 kilometres to the south east, got up at 0600 to be in Villar Perosa for the first time in decades of supporting his team.

Ronaldo caused shockwaves this summer by opting to leave Real Madrid to join Juventus in a deal worth £105million.

Speaking to JuventusTV, as quoted by Goal, Ronaldo outlined why he chose Juve above anybody else. "He's won the last three", said Savelli.

The decision to deprive themselves of a proven Serie A goalscorer and in particular to swap Caldara, 24, for 31-year-old Bonucci has left some question marks over Juventus despite Ronaldo's proven prowess.

Paulo Dybala scored in the 31st and 40th minutes, and Claudio Marchisio struck in the 53rd minute to round out the scoring for the first team.

As is custom, the game was interrupted in the second half for a pitch invasion and the game ended with Juventus picking up a comfortable win.

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