Why Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Serie A - Costa

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He, however, believes the five-time Ballon d'Or victor can take the Old Lady to the next level in their pursuit of European glory.

Ronaldo's arrival had sparked rumours that the match would be moved to the Allianz Stadium such was the enthusiasm from fans after his signing, but the club made a decision to stick with the traditional bucolic setting. Established custom dictates that five minutes after half-time fans invade the pitch, bringing the game to a halt as fans charge after and greet their heroes.

"Ronaldo is a really important player, but we also have Dybala and other important players".

Relations between Ronaldo and Florentino Perez had been cold for many months leading up to his exit, but there now seems to be warmth on either side with the European champions determined to honour one of their all-time greats.

Asensio, with his third goal of the preseason, opened the scoring just two minutes into the contest. "He's played an important role in my career".

Ronaldo's sensational €100million switch to Juventus prompted speculation that Madrid would move for a new forward but Ceballos said the talents of Bale, Karim Benzema and Asensio would compensate for the loss of the Portuguese.

The Egypt global scored 11 goals to help Jurgen Klopp's side reach the final in Kiev, where he was forced off injured as they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.

Interest in Juve and in Italian football has spiked following Ronaldo's arrival.

He signed a four-year deal with the Italian League champions valued at £99 million in July after failing to help Portugal avoid crashing out of the 2018 World Cup after losing 2-1 to Uruguay.

Marcelo saw former team-mate Ronaldo complete a move to Turin earlier this summer and interest from Juve could see the duo reunited.

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