Cristiano Ronaldo took all of eight minutes to open his Juventus account

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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.

The town's bars and restaurants were heaving with fans and media hours before the match's 1700 (1500 GMT kick off, 6pm EAT), with fans in replica kits wrapped in scarves and flags arriving to see the five-times Ballon d'Or victor take part in one of Italian football's most curious traditions.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal for Juventus' when the balck and white played against their B team in a traditional pre-season friendly.

Members of the industrial dynasty - founders of Fiat auto manufacturers and often called the "Italian Kennedys" - have lived at "The Castle" in Villar Perosa since the 19th century, while deceased former club chairman Gianni Agnelli was town mayor between 1945 and 1980.

The Portuguese beat an off-side trap as he was came face to face with the goalkeeper, he then took his time to apply the finish in style.

And he took just eight minutes to find the net in his first appearance in a Juve shirt.

"In the Champions League against Juve, a quarter-final, you score a goal and see everyone in the stadium applaud you".

With just a week to go until the Serie A season kicks off, Ronaldo will have wanted to work off the rustiness on the field, and he had the chance to do so against the Juve B-team.

Juventus, though, have signed Ronaldo not to cement their domestic dominance, after winning seven straight league titles, but to boost their worldwide profile and bag their first Champions League triumph in over two decades.

Fans tried to get whatever autographs and photos they could - even stripping returning centre-back Leonardo Bonucci down to his underwear - before Ronaldo emerged from the changing room surrounded by security guards and fans surged towards the barrier separating them from the players.

You can't help but be excited at Ronaldo's arrival in the Italian capital.

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