Cristiano Ronaldo set to make his Serie A debut for Juventus
The biggest transfer story of the summer has certainly been the move by Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus. The 33-year-old wanted one last big move and he now heads to Serie A with the intention of bringing domestic and European success to Juventus. His new club will be expecting him to have a big impact on arrival, and we all know that Ronaldo loves the spotlight, the more attention on him, the better he plays. Their league campaign begins this weekend, so we will get our first glimpse of the Portuguese superstar in competitive action for his new club.
There is no doubt that despite being 33-year-old Ronaldo still has a lot to offer Juventus. He is likely to be looked after by them, which is probably against his wishes but will help him prolong his career. Expect to see him feature in the Champions League because that is the main goal for the reigning Italian champions, but we may see him rested when needed for Serie A games around those important Champions League matchups.
The move is also a big move for Serie A as a league, and a welcome boost at exactly the right time. The big guns AC Milan and Inter Milan have slightly faded away over the past few seasons, especially AC Milan who are a long way off being domestic title challengers, let alone competing with the rest of Europe. While the arrival of Ronaldo will mean that Juventus are even more likely to lift the league title, and he will make the league less competitive, it will still bring a boost in terms of interest.
Juventus 2/9 for Opening Day Trip to Chievo
Although an away game, Juventus have been handed a relatively easy opening fixture on Saturday against Chievo. This will give Ronaldo the chance to ease himself into action in Serie A, and should mean a winning start for him and his new team. Juventus are short-priced favourites to win the tie by the bookmakers, with 2/9 on offer for them to win. If you think Chievo can pull off a huge shock on home soil then you can back them to do so at 49/4.
However, Juventus didn't bring Ronaldo to the club to help them beat teams like Chievo. They are expecting bigger and better from him, which means domestic and European titles during his stay. The Serie A title is something they should retain, and they would have been favourites to do so even without the addition of Ronaldo. They are short to win that title, priced up at 5/13, with Napoli behind them as 11/2 second favourites. When it comes to Europe, the inclusion of Ronaldo hasn't made Juventus favourites for the Champions League, but he has had a huge impact on their price. They are the 11/2 second favourites to lift the biggest prize in Europe, behind Manchester City who are 9/2 favourites.
Cristiano Ronaldo begins his Juventus career with a trip to Chievo on Saturday, but the club will definitely look at the bigger picture. They are expecting both domestic and European titles during his stint with the club, and that is where their main focus will be.