Ronaldo set to begin Italian adventure in intimate alpine friendly

The pre-season friendly has traditionally been used to celebrate the return of a former player, with club legend Raul gracing the Bernabeu pitch again with Al Sadd in 2013.

It did not take long for Ronaldo's impact to be felt and within seven minutes, two minutes after his first chance, he had his first Juve goal.

But with the extra excitement of being within touching distance of Ronaldo, the supporters couldn't wait and the match was called off 20 minutes before the full 90.

"I've been coming here since I was 12 years old back in the 1960s, when (Gianni) Agnelli would arrive here in a helicopter", he said.

Ronaldo started the match and marked the occasion with a goal before an own goal and a quick fire brace from Paulo Dybala gave Juventus a commandable lead heading into the break.

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

Having taken extended leave after the 2018 World Cup and his move from Real Madrid, the Portugal striker was finally introduced to fans in Sunday's friendly against the club's Primavera side. July visits to the club museum shot up 15 percent compared to past year, and were almost a third more than in 2016, and the over 29,000 season tickets available to fans have been sold despite a deeply unpopular 30 percent price bump announced before Ronaldo's arrival.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor played a role in the second goal as his pressure saw Riccardo Capellini knock the ball into his own net.

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.

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