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Cristiano Ronaldo gets immediate induction to ‘fino alla fine’ at Juventus | Paolo Bandini

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On Ronaldo’s debut, the Bianconeri started fast at Chievo, lost their way in the middle but ultimately found a way to win

At last, the real thing. A month had passed since Cristiano Ronaldo touched down in Turin, placing Juventus and Serie A back at the centre of the football world’s attentions. Fans logged on in their millions just to see him walking on a treadmill at his medical, losing a game of foot-tennis in training and singing Portuguese pop at his team initiation.

His marketing impact was obvious. Now, though, it was time to find out what he had to offer on the pitch. That Ronaldo should begin with a trip to the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi felt apt. This was where Diego Maradona began his Italian adventure, too, with a 3-1 defeat to Hellas Verona back in September 1984.

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Chievo 2-3 Juventus, Lazio 1-2 Napoli, Torino 0-1 Roma, Bologna 0-1 Spal, Empoli 2-0 Cagliari, Parma 2-2 Udinese, Sassuolo 1-0 Internazionale.

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