Juventus' Champions League ambition greater for Cristiano Ronaldo arrival - Massimiliano Allegri

Giorgio Chiellini

I thought Ronaldo to Juventus was impossible admits Chiellini

Set in a valley at the foot of the Italian Alps, Villar Perosa (population: roughly 4,100) is the home of the family estate and summer retreat of the powerful Agnellis, who, apart from a brief period around the Second World War, have run Juventus since 1923 and established the traditional alpine curtain raiser.

"Regarding [Cristiano] Ronaldo, I can say that we have bought a great player on the pitch, but above all, I was told that he is a superb professional, and that is certainly the case".

Ronaldo joined the team for training on Wednesday after their return from the International Champions Cup in the United States.

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.

The former Real Madrid man lined up for Juve in a friendly against a "B" team, composed mostly of youth players.

That's a staggering fee for a 33-year-old, but this is Ronaldo we're talking about.

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"With the arrival of Ronaldo our expectations are higher for the Champions League".

Ronaldo proved good value for the hype, scoring in the 10th minute with a neat finish after breaking a loose offside trap and closing in on goal completely unmarked. Ten minutes later, he pressured Riccardo Capellini into an own-goal to make it 2-0 to the Bianconero. The 33-year-old Portugal worldwide will likely make his proper debut in Juventus's first league match of the season at Chievo next Saturday.

After the game, fans at the game, who had come in their numbers to catch a glimpse of their new number 7, flooded onto the pitch.

That could mean Ronaldo gets even more up close and personal with Juve fans.

Juventus fans are now Ronaldo fans.

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