Ronaldo sprinkles star dust on Juventus in intimate opener

Cristiano Ronaldo

Villar Perosa is the fiefdom of the powerful Agnelli family, the founders of Fiat and the clout behind Juve, who bought their family estate there - nicknamed "The Castle" - in the mid-19th century and established the annual pre-season friendly in the town.

Members of the industrial dynasty - founders of Fiat vehicle manufacturers and often called the "Italian Kennedys" - have lived at "The Castle" in Villar Perosa since the 19th century, while deceased former club chairman Gianni Agnelli was town mayor between 1945 and 1980.

But minutes later a huge swarm of fans invaded the pitch and the game was subsequently abandoned.

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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.

Admittedly, no one bothered to defend.

Ronaldo could be set to make his competitive debut for Juventus next week when the Serie A gets underway.

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"It's nice to be here, I'm happy, when I chose to play in Juventus there was not a specific moment", Ronaldo told Juventus TV.

After he had finished with his autograph duty, Ronaldo put his game face on and only took eight minutes to score his first goal in black and white. When you play the Champions League quarter-finals against Juventus, you can see signs and the whole stadium applauds you, it's incredible!

Ronaldo, who joined Juve from Real Madrid last month, began preseason training on July 30 and did not participate in any of the International Champions Cup games in the United States.

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